The University of Alabama Office for Research & Economic Development launched a five-year strategic plan to help facilitate growth and impact of the research enterprise on campus. The plan focuses on growing and developing faculty as well as significantly increasing the size and impact of research and scholarly activity.
The strategic plan builds on the University’s designation by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Very High Research Activity doctoral university, the nation’s highest level of research activity for institutions that grant doctoral degrees.
The ORED plan has six strategic themes
- Research Environment
- Research Institutes
- Transformative Initiatives
- Translating Intellectual Property
- Economic and Business Engagement
- Assessing Progress and Impact
Major aims, or themes, of the strategic plan include:
- providing world-class core analytical facilities to support the research enterprise,
- significantly enhancing and expanding opportunities for undergraduate research,
- nominating faculty for more external honorific awards,
- growing the Alabama research institutes and their impact,
- establishing a new state-of-the-art research and creative conference program,
- launching an intellectual property gap fund,
- establishing an Office for Economic and Business Engagement to develop robust funded partnerships and retaining more opportunities to retain alumni in the state
- doubling research awards to the University within five years.
“UA is making huge strides to advance its strategic goal of increasing the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship, and creative activities that impact economic and societal development,” said Dr. Russell J. Mumper, UA vice president for research and economic development. “This progress is a testament to the high quality of our faculty, staff, and students.”