Strategic Plan - Grand Challenges
Generate opportunity for the state by diversifying its economy and addressing societal grand challenges through cutting-edge research.
- Promote energy security and environmental sustainability.
- Address health challenges through basic, clinical and transitional discovery.
- Help rural communities solve their unique health and social problems.
- Drive the world-changing developments of UAS and do so in a way that reflects UND's values.
- Effectively, efficiently, and ethically produce, manage, and securely use information in the age of big data.
Goal 4: Enhance discovery at a level consistent with most research intensive universities (Carnegie R1)
Recommended Action Items
- Designate champions for each grand challenge who assembles representation from select colleges to define and drive research goals for each grand challenge.
- Accurately capture faculty time devoted to research through Page 2 with aim to redirect more faculty time to discipline level research productivity.
- Recruit and retain star research faculty in areas of study related to grand challenges.
- Increase the number on non-faculty post-doctoral researchers in support of grand challenges.
- Identify select high-potential research based Ph.D. programs supportive of grand challenges.
- Upgrade stipends to competitive levels.
- Concentrate graduate student support and marketing on these programs.
- Deploy doctoral candidates as teaching and research assistants in related departments.
- Drive an overall increase in the number of Ph.D. graduates.
- Create department and college level expectations and evaluation for discipline dependent products of research, scholarship and creative activities and integrate into promotion, tenure and evaluation criteria.
- Invest in high performance computing, cyber security and data analytic capabilities and infrastructure.
Metric #4: Research Funding
GOAL BY 2022: [$120] million - internal and external funding sources
DATA SOURCE: Novelution/PS
GRADATION: Define by year
CAPTAIN: Vice President of Research & Economic Development (VPRED)