UTHSC is part of a large, state-wide network of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Nashville, Tullahoma, Chattanooga, and Martin. The Memphis campus consists of six colleges located in a downtown Medical Center inclusive of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Regional One Health, the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Methodist-UT Hospital, with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital located one-half mile away. UTHSC also has long-standing partnerships with two other participating institutions, the University of Memphis and the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, each of whom brings complementary strengths to iRISE.
Overall governance of iRISE flows from the Chancellor of UTHSC to a Research Synergy Committee, which is concerned with overall strategic direction and integration of all elements of the CTSA hub with other programs and centers at the institution, to an iRISE Management Board which directs the day to day operations of the Institute. The Research Synergy Committee works in a planning cycle with a Community Advisory Board and an Innovations Lab to develop research priorities for iRISE. This may take the form of strategic re-prioritization of funding for major UTHSC projects, development of new centers or collaborative agreements as suggested by the Innovations Lab, or may constitute provision of direction to the iRISE Management Board to issue Requests for Applications in specific areas of interest to the community.
An External Advisory Committee (to be formed once UTHSC is established as a CTSA Hub) will work directly with the iRISE Management Board to provide general and subject matter specific input from an external perspective, and will have a direct reporting relationship to the Research Synergy Committee for recommendations such as major changes in direction, turnover in leadership positions, and cessation of underperforming projects with re-prioritization of funding.