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Research Planning Committee

The Research Planning Committee (RPC) advises the dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine on policies, activities and long-term objectives pertaining to research.​

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About the Research Planning Committee

The Research Planning Committee is the advisory body to the dean of the School of Medicine about policies, activities and long-term objectives pertaining to research in the School of Medicine.

Members are appointed by the dean to a three-year term, with the recommendations of the Committee on Faculty Affairs.

The committee’s activities include:

  • Reviewing nominations for awards and fellowships
  • Reviewing research centers and cores
  • Reviewing major equipment requisitions
  • Administration of the internal study section
  • Administration of the Presidential Research Fund

All meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except for the November and December meetings.

Meetings are from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the Beaumont Conference Room in the School of Medicine or via Zoom.

Funding Opportunities

Presidents Research Fund

The President’s Research Fund (PRF) supports projects with a strong potential for obtaining external funding for SLU investigators.

The RPC administers a single PRF cycle for the School of Medicine (SOM) with a January deadline and a May start date. The maximum award term is 13 months.

Contact Sandra Cornell with questions (314-977-4228 or

SOM Research Opportunity Fund

Please Note: The RPC is currently not accepting applications for the Research Opportunity Fund. 

The Research Opportunity Fund (ROF) aims to provide rapid funding for SOM researchers, with several areas of support.

Applicants must be tenure-track or tenured faculty in the SOM. However, faculty mentors may submit applications on behalf of research fellows or trainees with proper explanations of the circumstances.

Siteman Investment Program 

The Siteman Investment Program (SIP) at the Siteman Cancer Center offers two grant cycles each year. Six funding programs are available.

Clinical Trial Category

  • New Clinical Trial ($300,000 over three years)
  • Existing Clinical Trial (200,000 over two years)

Pre-R01 Category

  • Pre-R01 Program ($200,000 over two years)
  • Pre-R01 Program with Cancer Prevention and Control Emphasis ($200,000 over two years)
  • Multi-PI Pre-R01 Program ($400,000 over two years)

Team Science Category

  • Team Science Program ($800,000 over two years)

View the SIP Website

Global Probiotics Council Grants 

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC) offers several grants of $50,000 per year to young investigators committed to basic research on gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics and their role in health and wellness.

Recipient Requirements

  • Research must be conducted at nonprofit, U.S.-based institutions with the capacity for research programs suitable for probiotic research.
  • Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of five consecutive years of their first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the United States) are eligible.
  • All partners must sign a “Research Grant Agreement” that outlines information on institutional overhead fees and clearances, use of funds, ownership of results and any restrictions. The agreement will be supplied upon grant acceptance.
  • Applicants are limited to one submission per investigator.

View the Full Details of the GPC Grant Program