School of Medicine - Research Allocation Committee (RAC)

RAC is administered by the School of Medicine Office of Research
David Peabody, PhD, Chair
Cassandra Misenar, Administrative Support

The HSC SOM Research Allocation Committee (RAC) reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Senior Associate Dean for Research for the School of Medicine for the distribution of award monies from the Medical Trust Fund and Tobacco Settlement Pilot Project funds. The purpose of the RAC is to provide pilot funding for grants that will be submitted from the HSC School of Medicine.

  • Medical Trust Funds awards may be used for research on any topic
  • Tobacco Settlement Funds may only be used to support tobacco-related research


Faculty with primary appointments in the School of Medicine may apply in one of five categories:

  • New Investigator
  • Interim Funding Request
  • Peer Reviewed Proposals Not Funded by an External Agency
  • Development Proposals/Pilot Projects
  • Matching Funding for Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scientists


RAC funding is awarded primarily to provide funds for career development, to provide preliminary data that may lead to extramural funding, and to cover emergency needs between periods of extramural funding. An important goal of these awards is to provide support that will allow investigators to successfully compete for extramural funding.

David Peabody, PhD