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Research Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Why Strategic Planning?

With an increasingly competitive funding environment, and the establishment of additional research institutions in the South Texas region, the UT Health Science Center- San Antonio School of Medicine recognized the needs to establish a vision, mission, and priorities for research. Input from faculty, staff, and other research partners guidede the School of Medicine to develop a strategic plan for research that defines our long and short term goals and objectives for the next five years.


The strategic plan will be used to build up research areas in which the SOM is already an established leader, while also helping identify new research areas and opportunities for SOM to advance as a leader in health care research. Using the tools developed in the strategic planning process will establish within the SOM Research Dean’s Office a scientific and organizational structure that supports capitalizing on research opportunities.


  • Scientific Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Culturally Informed
  • Open and Transparent
  • Respect
  • Diversity


To be nationally recognized for our scientific discoveries and innovation, with special emphasis on the diverse health issues affecting Hispanic and military populations.


To impact health in our South Texas region and globally through research, from scientific discovery to implementaion and health policy.



The Strategic Planning Advisory Research Committee (SPARC) was charged by the Medical Dean to lead this effort and draft the strategic plan. The SPARC is comprised of diverse faculty members from throughout the School of Medicine. The SPARC met routinely from May 2013 - January 2014.


As a result of the SPARC's efforts, the following cornerstone areas have been identified for the Research Strategic Plan.



For more information, please feel free to contact Courtney Peebles, M.P.H., at 562-6869 or


Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH
Vice Dean for Research
Long School of Medicine
Office of the Dean