Thank you for visiting our web site and for considering the Public Health Research Institute Center (PHRI) at the New Jersey Medical School - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in your philanthropic plans.
PHRI's work could not be more topical or important as diseases like Tuberculosis, HIV, MRSA or other drug resistance infections spread locally and around the globe, and the threat of bioterrorism remains a concern. In addition, PHRI's traditional emphasis on fundamental science enhances opportunities to translate basic discoveries into practical application. PHRI has been fighting infectious diseases for seven decades and will continue to take a major role in the struggles ahead.
PHRI's work contributes new knowledge to the scientific community, and improves the health and well-being of the public.
As a Center of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, PHRI is relatively small and flexible, often allowing us to take an entrepreneurial approach to address emerging problems. Our scientists have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to pursue new research opportunities and initiate new programs that yield tangible results.
For more information regarding the ways in which your support can advance the work of the Public Health Research Institute Center, please contact:
Elizabeth Ketterlinus, Vice President for Development
Foundation of UMDNJ
120 Albany Street, Suite 850, Tower Two
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Many of PHRI's most innovative programs are funded substantially or entirely from private sources.
- PHRI's ongoing Newark Student Science Programs provide Newark's students and teachers with research opportunities and science education workshops. This includes the highly successful Summer High School Research Internship Program, as well as programs currently being planned to extend support to Newark students on a year round basis and to extend the program to junior high and elementary students. Funding of $250,000 per year is being sought to maintain and expand PHRI's Newark Student Science Program.
- PHRI's Outreach Education Programs bring crucial information to those who are likely to be impacted by emerging infectious disease problems and seek to stimulate national and international action to deal with these problems. In addition to programs for the public, PHRI brings together world-class scientists to discuss research, new discoveries and urgent issues in infectious disease.
The majority of PHRI's research is funded by specific research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, there are many research support needs which are not funded by NIH, and a Research Support Gift to PHRI will help ensure that our researchers have the resources they need to continue to work at the highest level. Giving opportunities in this area include:
- PHRI encourages its scientists to pursue New Research Initiatives by providing grants, in the range of $75,000 to $100,000, to be used for research in areas other than a scientist's currently funded work. They frequently succeed in allowing a scientist to develop the data needed to pursue permanent funding from NIH or some other source. Seven of the last twelve New Initiatives Grants have led to subsequent multi-year funding from NIH.
- State-of-the-art, specialized instrumentation is vital to the research conducted at PHRI.
- As PHRI expands its research faculty, we look to recruit brilliant young investigators who need support as they begin their independent research careers. We also seek to attract leading senior investigators whose extraordinary work complements that of existing PHRI scientists. Recruitment Grants support new investigators in their first 2-3 years at PHRI. Such funding includes transition salary support, equipment and research assistants, which amounts to approximately $500,000 per investigator.
- Post-doctoral Fellows Grants provide the foundation for researchers who are not quite ready for independent work. The Institute attracts creative post-doctoral researchers who can help develop and expand current research programs while they acquire the training needed to begin their own independent research careers. A grant of $50,000 supports a Post-doctoral fellow for one year.