Communities will be established through a proposal process involving a concept paper, from which teams will be selected to deliver preliminary presentations that will be reviewed by a panel composed of internal and external experts, and finally, a small number of teams will be invited to develop full proposals reviewed by UB distinguished faculty and senior leaders. Developing the new communities will involve establishing faculty leaders and developing detailed educational, scholarship and governance structures, which will involve multiple deans, chairs and faculty members.
The Communities of Excellence will not simply be a faculty hiring plan, but will also involve support infrastructure including staff and student support, vital instrumentation/infrastructure, development of shared resources, or dedicated space to house a community. Community proposals should identify what investment is needed to build the strongest multi-disciplinary teams to confront the most pressing global challenges. Communities are expected to consider external sources of investment (e.g., extramurally funded projects/programs) to best leverage the community’s goals and potential for significant, sustained impact. The basis of any community will be the big ideas that come forward, but will be grounded in the faculty teams that will serve as its foundation.