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Employee Handbook: Welcome


Introductory Statement

The Biomedical Research Institute of New Mexico (BRINM) is classified as a public nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). It is one of more than 80 similar nonprofit organizations associated with VA Medical Centers nationwide. Passed in 1988, Public Law 100-322, Section 204 authorizes the establishment at any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center of a nonprofit corporation to provide a flexible mechanism for the receipt and administration of research/education funds other than VA appropriations. The purpose of BRINM is to advance the research and education mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs through the support of research/education-related activities at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System (NMVAHCS).

Sources of funding may be grants, contracts, or gifts from for-profit companies, charitable foundations, the No employee handbook can anticipate every circumstance or question about policies. As BRINM continues to grow, the need may arise to change policies described in the handbook. BRINM, therefore reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any policies or portion of the handbook from time to time, as it deems appropriate, in its sole and absolute discretion. BRINM will attempt to notify employees of such changes as they occur.

The information contained in this handbook is merely a summary of present policies and procedures and is not intended or to be construed as a contract of employment nor a legal document. All employment at BRINM is “at-will,” which means that either BRINM or the employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice, and for any reason or no reason at all.

No supervisor or representative of BRINM, other than the President, has any authority to enter into any agreement for employment for any specified period of time, or to make any agreement contrary to the foregoing.

Organizational Description: BRINM

The Biomedical Research Institute of New Mexico (BRINM) is classified as a public nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). It is one of more than 80 similar nonprofit organizations associated with VA Medical Centers nationwide. Passed in 1988, Public Law 100-322, Section 204 authorizes the establishment at any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center of a nonprofit corporation to provide a flexible mechanism for the receipt and administration of research/education funds other than VA appropriations. The purpose of BRINM is to advance the research and education mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs through the support of research/education-related activities at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System (NMVAHCS).

Sources of funding may be grants, contracts, or gifts from for-profit companies, charitable foundations, the National Institutes of Health or other Federal agencies, professional societies or other nonprofit entities, and individuals. Because the only statutory purpose of BRINM is to facilitate VA research and education, all funds received must be administered for purposes relating to VA approved research or to further research related education.

The mandated members of the board of directors for BRINM are the NMVAHCS Director, the NMVAHCS Chief of Staff, NMVAHCS Associate Chief of Staff for Research and the NMVAHCS Associate Chief of Staff for Education. In addition, at least two members are required who are not officers or employees of the Federal Government, but are familiar with issues involving medical and scientific research

Currently, BRINM administers funding for approximately 160 different VA approved research and education projects and employs more than 90 full-time and part-time individuals. Some of the projects are funded entirely through BRINM and for others, BRINM administers supplemental funding. Although the majority of the research and education on these projects is conducted at the NMVAHCS, some of the work is carried out as cooperative studies at other locations. A few of the medical disciplines encompassed in these studies are audiology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, immunology, neurology, oncology, psychology, and psychiatry.

BRINM has proven to be invaluable as a means for handling medical research and education funding. This mechanism has enabled investigators to conduct their research in an expeditious manner, free from much of the usual institutional red tape. Because of this, BRINM has become a well-established institution with a growing number of active investigators and research/education projects. As the Institute’s activities evolve, its mission has expanded to provide funding for research and education projects including those of young investigators who are just beginning their research endeavors. The first occasion to provide funding in this way was a cosponsored grant with the Albuquerque VA Research Service awarded on October 1, 1997. It is anticipated that this award will be granted annually.

BRINM is located on the NMVAHCS campus in Building 14. Donna Wilt is the Executive Director. If you have any questions or would like additional information about BRINM, please call 260-1033.

Please refer to below for more information.


Employee Handbook-April 2015.pdf



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