Infrastructure for Research Strengths

The creation of the beginnings of an integrated research infrastructure that will build upon the firm foundation of excellent research, the prior investments in the Strategic Strengths, and the expected investments in additional areas of strength; and to enable our researchers to enter into new ventures, new collaborations, and new directions that position us to compete and win large comprehensive research grants.

To achieve this vision of academic excellence, we propose three key strategies to provide support to enhancing faculty scholarship:

  • Establish a Research Advancement and Coordination Team (RAC) consisting of the senior leadership of the university to ensure that research priorities are understood and supported at the highest level.  This committee will be charged with coordination of activities that are aimed at reducing faculty administrative burdens and with orchestration of the pursuit of large multidisciplinary research initiatives.
  • Institutionalize the Strategic Strengths as model research groups by providing permanent funding of common identified best practices among the Strategic Strengths; research conferences, faculty workshops, faculty advisory committees, fellowships, and scholars in residence.
  • Establish a Multi-Investigator Research Support team (MRST) to support pursuing large multi-investigator research projects in our research strengths (Strategic Strengths and other existing and emerging strengths) as well as to pursue funding of projects from non-traditional sources.

Investing in these three activities will result in additional financial resources to the university in the way of new sponsored research awards and philanthropy, and increased faculty scholarship which will help to further fuel the university’s goal of becoming an even stronger premier public research university.  The proposed research support team will be empowered by the proposed REACT.  Together, the research support team and the REACT will act in the same capacity seen in many for-profit institutions – as business development unit, working with faculty leadership, that will proactively coordinate all aspects of proposal development and submission:  identifying funding opportunities and matching with key strengths at the university; identifying stakeholders and getting them on board; working with prospective funding agencies (federal, state, philanthropic, industry); working with principals to gather technical information; developing the business proposal; developing and retaining customizable boilerplate materials; writing, editing, and coordinating the final copy; graphics design; marketing and communicating the project through University Communications; and any other aspects of business/proposal development that may be necessary.