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How IHRP Supports Scientists

At all stages of their careers, scientists thrive at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The institute is an intellectual community — a research home — of faculty-scientists and other investigators working in an environment devoted to advancing research in the health and social sciences as well as to improving the health and well-being of all populations.

Our space, facilities, and infrastructure are designed to meet the spectrum of needs of scientific teams. Professionals with significant expertise in scholarly research staff our administrative operations team — from human resources and grants management, to data security and research data technologies, the ethical conduct of research and IRB review, and the translation of science for diverse audiences.

Scientists whose research home is IHRP also benefit from two cores of scientific expertise: the Data Management Core and the Methodology Research Core


IHRP is committed to promoting the research of its investigators through professional news media, the Web, newsletters, social media, reports and other means. IHRP Communications identifies research activities of interest to the media and solicits the support of UIC Office of Public Affairs in writing and pitching news stories. IHRP Communications also advises research teams on communications issues related to recruiting study participants, and disseminating intervention materials, research tools, and other products. For projects funded for significant dissemination goals, the IHRP Communications also can guide the development of five-year communications plans, including the development of websites and social media strategies.

Computing Environment

IHRP features a secure, comprehensive computing environment, including servers and desktop computers connected to a local area network.  In addition to the familiar office software suites, this environment supports the newest versions of statistical, analytical, mathematical, and data processing software, including SAS, SPSS, and GIS packages. The network allows researchers to access and analyze their data from any computer, anywhere, at any time. The network also offers scalability, which facilitates the adoption of creative and technologically unique methods of data collection.

In-house research technology staff provide consultation on the use and integration of a wide range of data collection technologies employed by researchers, provide on-site maintenance of all equipment and servers, and ensure the safe storage of data.

IHRP houses and maintains REDCap, a secure, Web-based application for building and managing online databases for the collection and entry of research data, on behalf of the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Cancer Center.

The institute benefits from the services of the university’s Academic Computing and Communications Center, which supports site licenses for major software and statistical packages, enables researchers to purchase GIS and other software at discounted rates, and offers access to UIC mainframe computers and a Beowulf Cluster for high-performance programming and statistical analysis.

Human Resources

The IHRP Human Resources team manages appointments for almost 300 faculty and staff members each year, recruits new staff, and advises IHRP staff and affiliated faculty on campus employment policies and procedures, including those regarding international appointments and visa sponsorships.

The HR team, which works with dozens of departments and 11 colleges on campus to process appointments, is experienced in managing faculty and academic professional appointments funded by multiple sources that require several levels of approval across campus. The team also works closely with grants managers to ensure employees’ appointments are maintained in compliance with university policies through multiple and frequent changes in funding.

Research Operations

The institute supports more than 70 active research projects and 60 proposal submissions annually. Most of IHRP research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our portfolio includes RO1s, specialized grants (RO3s, R21s), training grants and large-scale research initiatives such as program projects and center grants. IHRP also supports faculty contracts with public and private health agencies, usually for short-term projects, such as program evaluations. The institute supports collaborative agreements with faculty in dozens of universities across the United States and international contracts with universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and South America.

IHRP grants managers are experts in budgetary and other reporting requirements of federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also are experienced with managing funds from state, city, and county public health departments -- including many beyond Illinois. The institute has more experience than any other UIC unit in working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest foundation focused on health in the U.S., and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Nonprofit organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen also support our investigators.

The institute's research operations team uses a sophisticated financial system that draws data from the university's Banner system to generate financial reports tailored to project timelines and needs. These reports include both personnel and non-personnel expenditures and allow salary projections through the life of the grant.

Space and Facilities

The institute occupies more than 32,000 square feet over three floors in the Westside Research Office Building. Located within walking distance of all six UIC health colleges, the Institute is easily reached from the CTA Roosevelt bus (#12) and the Polk Street L stop on the CTA Pink Line.

The institute includes conference rooms, focus group rooms with adjoining observation rooms, and space for survey research. Principal investigators affiliated with the institute and their research staff occupy offices in this space.