Tulane alumna and board member Elizabeth “Libby” Alexander (NC ’84)and her husband, Robert, have pledged $2 million to set up a fund to support faculty and the university’s research grant proposal development initiatives so that researchers can spend more time pursuing world-changing discoveries.
“After speaking with researchers and learning they were spending an inordinate amount of time on administration — putting grants together and doing follow-up reporting — rather than focusing on impactful research, we knew there had to be a better solution,” said Libby Alexander. “Lifting these administrative burdens will enable Tulane researchers to secure funding even faster and with a higher success rate than ever before.”
The gift will support Tulane’s newly expanded Office of Research Proposal Development, an office solely dedicated to helping faculty across the university prepare the best possible proposals for federal research grants from sponsors such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and others.
“Research is at the heart of Tulane’s mission,” said Tulane University President Mike Fitts. “We’re so grateful to Libby and Robert Alexander for their generous support as we work to significantly expand our research enterprise across the university and across all disciplines.”