This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing theresources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. The subproject andinvestigator (PI) may have received primary funding from another NIH source,and thus could be represented in other CRISP entries. The institution listed isfor the Center, which is not necessarily the institution for the investigator.The RCMI Program at The University of Texas at San Antonio continues to enhance the neuroscience and proteomics capacities in South Texas. Changes in the organizational structure of the RCMI Program began in March of 2005 when Dr. Matthew Gdovin was named the Interim Program Director and continued to evolve to include the appointment of a new Principal Investigator, Dr. Robert Gracy, Vice President for Research. Dr. Gdovin began to immediately address all concerns, suggestions, and criticisms in the NIH Summary Statement. The culmination of progress of the RCMI Program at UTSA was documented in an Administrative Report submitted to NCRR prior to the December 4, 2006 NIH Administrative site visit at UTSA. The subsequent report by NIH following the site visit was very positive regarding the changes that the RCMI Program instituted in response to the NIH Summary Statement and the scientific progress of the RCMI Program at UTSA.OverviewUTSA is now second only to the Austin campus in student enrollment (over 28,500). Research growth in the past year was 37% over the previous year and UTSA now ranks third in research of all the UT System Universities. The UTSA this year launched a strategic plan for becoming a premier research university. The goal of this strategic plan is to become nationally ranked as a premier research institute. To that end, major administrative changes have already taken place. The University hired its first Vice President for Research (Dr. Robert Gracy) and major infrastructure upgrades are underway. Already, a new Biotechnology Science & Engineering building (230,000 sq. ft.) has been opened and Science and Engineering building (190,000 sq. ft.) is scheduled for groundbreaking in early 2007. A Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and a full time veterinarian/laboratory animal staff are committed to achieving AAALAC accreditation. A new Technology Transfer Office has been added in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center, and an Assistant VP for Technology Transfer and Commercial Ventures is currently being sought. New faculty continue to be hired at a record pace (up to 50 per year) and other new administrators (e.g. new Deans for the College of Sciences, Engineering, and Provost) have been added in the past 6 months.This research growth is taking place while UTSA continues to build its leadership in minority education. Currently, 60% of our students are composed of minorities (44% Hispanic; 7% African American; 6% Asian and 3% International). UTSA ranks third in the number of undergraduates degrees awarded to Hispanic students and ranks 1st in number of biological science degrees awarded for 9 of the past 10 years. The RCMI program is a critical element in these achievements. UTSA has made major changes and renewed commitments to management of the RCMI program. UTSA administrators have frequently met with NIH NCRR to restructure the RCMI program.RCMI Organizational StructureThe organizational structure of the RCMI Program at UTSA consists of Administrative and Scientific divisions. The Administrative division includes the Principle Investigator, the Program Director, Program Manager, and an Institutional Administrative Support Team. The Scientific division includes the External and Internal Advisory Committees, Scientific Advisor, Core Leaders and Research Project PIs. Formative and summative evaluations of both the administrative and scientific progress of the RCMI program at UTSA are provided to the PI by an external evaluator. Table 1 illustrates the Organizational chart for the RCMI program at UTSA.

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