Establishing the VCRI Research Network and Launching Ideation Forums

March 14, 2018


Dear Colleagues

We appreciate that so many of you participated in the Campus Conversation: Analyzing and Innovating Research, held on February 12, 2018.  At this forum, we reviewed the strengths and gaps of the research enterprise at Rutgers–New Brunswick, and introduced a vision for the new office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (VCRI).

Rutgers–New Brunswick is home to a staggering array of nearly 175 research centers and institutes. In 2017, externally funded research grants and sponsored programs on the New Brunswick campus, including Rutgers Biomedical and Health units, totaled $656 million, placing Rutgers’ expenditures among the top 20 public institutions in the U.S.

As was mentioned in the campus conversation, we will be identifying the most effective pathways for us to grow further. Toward that end, I have established the Research Deans Planning and Implementation Group as a consultative and administrative body to advise on and adopt new research and training projects and procedures.

This group is charged with the goal of establishing a more efficient and effective research infrastructure at Rutgers. An additional goal is to align the research initiatives at Rutgers–New Brunswick with federal, state, industrial, and foundation funding opportunities, and to help enhance the research footprint at Rutgers.

A key goal for my office is to spur research growth in strategic areas of impact and societal relevance. As a first step in this direction, we will host a series of research ideation and strategy forums, where we hope to bring together faculty and invited participants to focus on developing a few grand challenge ideas and new research opportunities.

The first such forum will capture three distinct thematic landscapes: Data Science, Advanced Materials, and the Microbiome and Human Health.

Moving forward, I would appreciate your thoughts on topics for these forums, which would reflect Rutgers' strengths in diverse disciplines. To propose future ideation themes, please contact us.

 

Sincerely,

 

Prabhas V. Moghe
Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
Distinguished Professor