Research and reputation2023-11-27T13:45:16+00:00

Research excellence and global reputation

We are committed to building and reinvigorating our research ecosystem and leveraging our distinctive strengths.

The University of Rochester is at the cutting edge of critical research, discovery, and creative work. Looking ahead, we aim to make a powerful impact on local and global communities by investing in the areas of basic, applied, and translational research and creative work where we are best positioned to contribute to society in meaningful ways. Now is the ideal time to renew our institutional focus on these areas of distinction.

We will better leverage existing and new industry partnerships as well as our intellectual capital to scale the impact of our research while also seizing upon funding sources from federal and state agencies, the private sector, and foundations to support our efforts. We are committed to building and reinvigorating our research ecosystem as we extend our historical strengths into exciting new areas where we are in a position to lead.

Achievement of this goal

  • Create conditions that promote research addressing current and emerging issues that will affect society as well as the ability to recruit and retain extraordinary scholars who engage in this pursuit.

  • Create at least five new transdisciplinary centers.

  • Add at least 50 new faculty lines across the School of Arts & Sciences, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Eastman School of Music, with additional new lines created in line with academic program and research growth in the Simon Business School, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, and Warner School of Education and Human Development.

  • Add a minimum of 300,000 new square feet of research and teaching space to River and Eastman campuses; 700,000 new square feet of clinical, teaching, and research space on the Medical Campus.

  • Enable an organizational structure that encourages and removes friction and barriers to transdisciplinary collaboration and interaction while being agile and responsive to emerging opportunities and simultaneously ensuring that the disciplines remain strong.

  • Define and support our doctoral graduate programs that are poised to contribute to the next generation of scholars, scientists, and creative leaders.

Strategic objectives

Create conditions that promote research addressing current and emerging issues that will affect society as well as the ability to recruit and retain extraordinary scholars who engage in this pursuit.

As we endeavor to scale the impact of our research enterprise, we will need additional scholars to join our exceptional academic community. Through strategic cluster hires, we will identify both leading scholars and emerging scholars to direct and support these efforts. In doing so, we will add to our faculty ranks across our areas of distinction, further enhance the diversity of faculty in these areas, and implement support programming to develop faculty to be exceptional leaders in these fields.

Many of the most exciting breakthroughs in knowledge occur at the intersections of scholarly disciplines—both when people from disparate disciplines directly collaborate and even more so when scholars steeped in one discipline apply lessons from other disciplines to reshape their own fields or establish brand-new fields. Part of our hiring strategy will focus on faculty who strengthen the core areas of disciplinary strength in the areas of distinction and those who are committed to pushing the boundaries of their disciplines. We have demonstrated success in establishing transdisciplinary centers that examine and translate research for the greater good of our society and communities, including the Humanities Center, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Goergen Institute for Data Science. The University of Rochester has a long and storied history of being at the forefront of the invention—and reinvention—of fields, from positive social science to optics to the biopsychosocial model of medicine. Establishing new mechanisms for colleagues across disciplines to more easily collaborate and learn from one another will allow us to build upon and accelerate this tradition.

We will establish at least five new centers, funded in five-year, renewable increments, based upon the very best ideas of the faculty using a competitive process. Funding will be renewed for centers that show the greatest promise in terms of scholarly eminence, new faculty development, learning across disciplines, and, when appropriate, success in grant funding and associated graduate programs.

As the University prepares to launch new transdisciplinary research programming and initiatives aimed to increase research productivity, we will need to ensure that we have the appropriate infrastructure, operations, and resources to support our ambitious goals and objectives. This will include investing in new research facilities, new operational capabilities, and responsive, efficient policy and administration to ensure pre- and post-award activities that enable and incentivize research productivity. It will also require resourcing a Vice President of Research office that drives strategic engagement, resource allocation, and collaboration across the University.

Graduate education has long been critical to our research and academic enterprises at the University of Rochester. Specifically, doctoral study and scholarship is essential to the near-term and long-term growth of our research enterprise and mission to make the world ever better through the work of our graduates. Investing in graduate programs, both within disciplines and across disciplines, will support research growth by allowing our faculty to work at greater scale and with improved quality, and strong doctoral programs will further enhance our rich history of developing the careers of the next generation of scholars, scientists, creative leaders, and industry leaders. By investing in these programs, they will also provide critical avenues to enhance our campus’s diversity today while also cultivating diverse faculty and industry pipelines for the future. We will seek to cultivate a rich, inclusive culture of scholarship across our campus.

Measures of success

Definitions of measures of success will be coordinated across the University to create consistency and increase transparency. Detailed metrics for each of the following areas will be available via dashboards and updates on our Progress page at the end of our first year.

  • External grants supporting research
  • Publications, inventions and discipline-specific scholarly works
  • Diversity of the faculty, students, and staff
  • Honorific awards (external to the University)
  • National/International metrics and rankings

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