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Title: Research Challenges and Opportunities - A Dean's View


1
Research Challenges and Opportunities - A Dean's
View
  • Sarah A. Rajala
  • NC State Research Retreat
  • February 23-24, 2006

2
Research Vision
  • Have we decided where we want to go?
  • Do we need a common vision?
  • If so, how do we ensure we have a shared
    commitment to this common vision?

3
University Strategic Plan
  • What role does research play?
  • Are the core strategies consistent with achieving
    the research vision?

4
Research Strategic Plan
  • Should we have a plan to support a research
    vision?
  • Have we identified specific goals?
  • Do we know how to achieve these goals?
  • Are their hurdles that need to be overcome?

5
Possible Research Goals
  • Increase in research funding per faculty member
  • Increase in number of faculty active in research
  • Increase in the number of PhD graduates per
    faculty
  • Increase in federal research expenditures

6
Possible Strategies
  • Strategic investment
  • Focused areas
  • Key research infrastructure
  • Key faculty hires
  • Quality vs. quantity in proposal submissions
  • Collaborative research teams

7
Possible Strategies 2
  • Faculty Investments
  • New hires
  • Start-up packages
  • Equipment single user or shared
  • Space
  • Junior vs senior

8
Possible Strategies 3
  • Faculty retention
  • Space
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • Endowed positions/named professorships
  • Bridge funding

9
Possible Strategies 4
  • Disengaged faculty
  • Incentives
  • Sabbaticals
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • Teaming opportunities

10
Possible Strategies 5
  • Cost sharing
  • Required
  • Opportunity investments
  • Role of Foundation support

11
Possible Strategies 6
  • Staff support
  • Pre-award
  • Budgets
  • Proposal development
  • Submissions
  • Post-award
  • Technical staff

12
Possible Strategies 7
  • Graduate programs
  • Enrollment planning
  • Number of students
  • MS vs. Ph.D.
  • TA support
  • Stipends
  • GSSP/Tuition Remission

13
Other Issues
  • Role of Centennial Campus
  • Decreasing and/or changing funding opportunities
  • Impact of shortened delivery cycle by DoD
  • Review at 15 months - go or no go
  • Anti-university bias among some agencies
  • Cost of rental facilities
  • Faculty overload

14
Summary
  • To ensure success we must know where we are going
  • To ensure success we must have broad buy-in
  • Once we know where we want to go, we must define
    how we want to get there
  • Some strategies may be common, others will be
    unique
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