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Annual Goals for Enhancing Research, Scholarship and Public Service

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Annual Goals for Enhancing Research, Scholarship and Public Service

The Office of Research is working to promote an environment in which the intellectual and creative activities and achievements of MU's faculty, students and staff are facilitated, celebrated and, when appropriate, transferred to the private sector.

Our goal, echoing that of the UM System and MU campus strategic plans, is to participate in the building of a "premier, world-class destination university with an exceptional and richly diverse student body, faculty, and staff." Five of the six strategic themes for the UM System include goals that intersect with the research enterprise here at MU.

Chart: Fiscal Year 2004 Totals by Agency.Some of these are familiar: boosting our investment in selected programs, enhancing interdisciplinary research, becoming a leader in life sciences, fostering economic development, and improving the research infrastructure. Others, however, will give us pause this year as we develop plans for their achievement by 2010. Among these goals are recruiting additional faculty members who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, improving financial compensation for MU's faculty and staff, building the highest quality information technology infrastructure, and raising the total of our annual external research expenditures to the $300 million mark.

The campus plan speaks to our stewardship of a "priceless state resource" as a land-grant university for the 21st century that offers a new model for a university in the public service, a public-private partnership university. Our land-grant status carries a unique obligation to improve the civic, economic, health and educational well-being of all Missourians.

Several recurring themes in the campus plan are reflected in this year's Master Plan for Research and Technology Development: research incentives, research infrastructure, technology transfer, recruitment and retention of top faculty, and external funding for research and creative projects.

Like the campus plan, our Master Plan for Research and Technology Development is not a summary of all that we currently do, or even of all the things that we hope to do in the future. Instead, it is intended as a tightly focused set of

high-priority tasks for the current year. The Research Division's goals for the 2004-05 academic year have been chosen to build on existing strengths while also addressing areas of need.

Goal 1: Provide top-notch services and compliance functions that enhance the ability of MU faculty to do research, creation, scholarship, and innovation.

Goal 2: Create a research-centered academic and educational environment by developing connections between the research enterprise and all of the institution's other activities and by creating a broader foundation for research support with internal and external stakeholders.

Goal 3: Develop and promote investment strategies to sustain and grow the research enterprise. Such growth will allow students greater access to our world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, and will ensure that MU research continues to enhance the lives of people in our state, nation and the world.

With these goals in mind, the division's leadership meets twice each year to assess our progress and adjust our course. The Master Plan is the result of these sessions: It contains goals and objectives for each office within the research division. Examples of this year's objectives include plans to:

  • Establish a faculty committee to advise the vice provost for research on ways to increase recovery of facilities and administration costs and to optimize the allocation of research resources.
  • Work with the School of Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center to integrate diabetes and cardiovascular research across campus.
  • Develop a framework for incentive plans aimed at encouraging more entrepreneurial activity by MU faculty.
  • Develop and implement a more user-friendly oversight procedure for behavioral research involving human subjects.
  • Support the welfare of animal subjects through acceptable per diem charges, a plan to improve animal research infrastructure, and campus-wide accreditation by AAALAC.
  • Continue to expand the grant writer network and its support of faculty research.
  • Develop a model sponsored program administration operation by moving toward more proactive operations and by working to better meet the needs of the University's research community.
  • Implement an effective training program for efficient utilization of administrative tools and processes to conduct sponsored projects.
  • Begin construction of OTSP's new technology incubator and implement its support program.
  • Raise awareness among non-science faculty members of opportunities to involve undergraduates in research and creative activity.

We invite you to read more about these assignments, along with the specific tasks associated with them, by visiting the "research publications" section of our newly redesigned web site:

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