WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) – A team of nearly 50 scientific investigators participated in a three-day retreat in Wintergreen, Va., to expand Howard University’s research enterprise, create research synergies across disciplines and update participants on institutional research investments and infrastructure.
“Institutionally, we have a near-term goal to increase Howard’s research expenditures to more than $100 million,” said Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., associate provost for research and graduate studies, who convened the retreat. “We have outlined a road map to scaling up our sponsored research and have received encouraging buy-in from investigators. We had a successful three days with an engaged and energized group of researchers."
Participants made significant progress on concept papers, proposals and initial responses to Requests for Application (RFAs) in several core areas: international development and human rights; entrepreneurship and innovation; cyber-security; nanotechnology; STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce issues; and HIV/AIDS and health equity research focused on bridging disparities.
“The retreat was a great opportunity to collaborate with diverse colleagues and creatively advance our research priorities and institutional goals,” said Lorenzo Morris, Ph.D., chair of the Faculty Senate. “We look forward to future growth and expansion of our research portfolio.”
Harris also unveiled a number of new initiatives and programs. These included expanding the University’s annual research day activities to a full-week format in 2015 (April 13-17), and the addition of new research tools: COS Pivot, a database of funding opportunities, and Qualtrics, a data collection tool.