Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Research Committee of the Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division is to evaluate research risk and provide a centralized assurance of research safety for all projects involving risk to the Health Professions Division and its components. Our mission also involves assurance of scientific merit for all projects requesting research funding from Nova Southeastern University.

Committee Policies and Activities

Grant Program

The Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Research Grant Program is an internal grant-funding opportunity specifically designed to help investigators initiate projects that will lead to extramural funding. Grants are awarded monthly in amounts up to $7,500. Grant applications are reviewed monthly. To be considered in the month of application, proposals are due by the second Wednesday of each month by 5:00 p.m. Funding is for up to two years.


The committee is comprised of the Chair (Executive Director for Research—HPD), Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer-NSU, and nine faculty members: one from each of the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medical Sciences; and two from the College of Dental Medicine and the College of Health Care Sciences. The committee may also include the Vice President of Research on an advisory, ex-officio basis. The Chair will vote to break ties. Faculty are appointed by their college’s dean for terms of three years. At the dean’s discretion a college’s representative may be removed before his or her term expires. The current appointment-reappointment timeline is as follows:

College Current Member
Health Care Sciences Rose Colón, Ph.D.,
Cheryl Hill, Ph.D.,
Hal C. Strough, Ph.D.
Dental Medicine Cristina Garcia-Godoy, D.D.S.,
Richard Singer, D.M.D., M.S.,
Jeffrey Thompson, Ph.D, Vice Chair
Medical Sciences Harold Laubach, Ph.D.
Nursing Jo Ann Kleier, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Optometry Bin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O
Osteopathic Medicine Nicole Cook, Ph.D.,
Jennie Lou, M.D., M.Sc.
Pharmacy Peter Gannett, Ph.D.
Ex-Officio Gary Margules, Sc.D
Chair Patrick Hardigan, PhD


The Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Research Grant Program supports meritorious research to assist faculty with initiating research endeavors that will lead to extramural funding. The Principal Investigator must have a primary appointment within the Health Professions Division. Funding decisions are made on scientific merit, need, and the potential for extramural funding. The program is not intended to provide funding for multiple similar projects for one investigator nor is it intended to replace departmental start-up funds for new faculty members. The Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Research Grant Program judges the scientific merit of the application without concern for the start-up needs of a faculty member. Investigators should submit their most important projects; ones that have the greatest potential to develop into long-term focused research programs with a high chance of extramural funding.

The Health Professions Research Grant Program meets every third Wednesday of the month (and may meet on an ad hoc basis) to review research proposals and course protocols. The Health Professions Research Grant Program maintains a record of submitted research proposals, submitted course protocols, and Health Professions Research Grant Program responses and documents.


Post Award

It will be the responsibility of the Principal Investigator and his/her respective division/department/college to monitor funding activity and expenditures. In the event that the Principal Investigator leaves the institution during the period of the grant award, the remainder of the grant funds will be returned to the researcher’s college. All abstracts, publications, and/or oral presentation must reflect funding by the Health Professions Division Research Committee. Additionally, all grantees will be required to submit a progress or completion report two years after the grant is awarded.


Once the project has been completed or if the principal investigator leaves, the investigator’s section/division/department is responsible for closing out the account. Any positive balance is to be transferred back to the respective college; deficits are the responsibility of the section/division/department. All accounts will be closed after two years unless the researcher receives permission from the Chair for an extension.

Research Documents

Use the Grant Application Instructions as a template for completing the Grant Application Submission form. The instructions contain guidelines for the information you will need to supply on the submission form. Please do not submit your grant application using the instruction form.

President's Faculty R & D Grant

All Health Profession Division Faculty who are successful in securing a President's Faculty R & D Grant, must have their grant reviewed by the Executive Director for Health Profession Division Research. The review is required only for the President's Faculty R & D Grants which have already been approved. The purpose of the review is to make certain that the funded research adheres to all NSU research safety protocols. Due to safety concerns, research cannot commence until after the proposal has been reviewed and approved by the Executive Director for HPD Research. Any researcher whose proposal is found to have safety issues will receive recommendations on how those issues should be resolved. To have the proposal reviewed, submit the research proposal to Dr. Patrick Hardigan. Reviews typically take one to two business days.

Where to Go for Help

Diagram NSU has developed a new definition for clinical trials and has instituted a new process for reviewing them. A clinical trial is defined as "a prospective biomedical or behavioral research study of human subjects that is designed to answer specific questions about biomedical or behavioral interventions and determine safety & efficacy."

To conduct your clinical trial, you must get approval from the appropriate office presented in the schematic.

Please Note: The Chair of HPD's Research Committee will review only those projects asking for money from NSU HPD. The contact persons are:

All HPD research projects having anything to do with humans must consider the information available at our NSU IRB web site.

For more information, please contact the HPD Research Administrative Assistant: Ms. Chi Do.