Our Role in UB's Strategic Plan

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Exploratory research in the labs strengthens faculty and student understanding and enhances the classroom experience.

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED) is key to UB 2020, the university's strategic plan for becoming a model 21st-century institution among the nation's highly ranked public research universities. 

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Research and Partnerships

The Office of the VPRED enables greater collaboration across campus while also encouraging industry and community involvement. These strategic alignments generate more innovative thinking in addressing complex scientific and social issues. OVPRED offices support researchers across campus from concept to commercialization, and entrepreneurs going from lab to market. 

Sponsored Projects Services submits proposals and helps manage grants. The Office of Research Advancement helps faculty seeking large external grants.

Research Compliance, the Clinical Research Office and Laboratory Animal Facilities ensure that scientists meet guidelines and regulations. UB Incubators provide a seedbed for young, technology-driven businesses and Technology Transfer protects discoveries, helps with commercialization and assists with industry/university agreements. The Business and Entrepreneur Partnership office develops industry relationships and nurtures entrepreneurial enterprise.

The multidisciplinary Communities of Excellence address major issues through research, education and engagement.

Communities of Excellence

Becoming a National Leader in Genome Research

GEM advances genomic science and literacy. This collaboration among the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities will help us shift to greater health through more personalized medicine.

Advancing Manufacturing Design and Technology

The Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community focuses on next generation technologies, designs and processes to create sustainable advanced manufacturing.

Tackling Global Health Challenges

The Community for Global Health Equity (GHE) examines social, economic, political and environmental factors contributing to global health inequities so the information can help policymakers and funders dealing with issues such as child survival and refugee health.