UNCG Research

Supporting Research, Creative Activity, Economic Development, and Community Engagement [VC Shelton]

Posted on Sunday, May 13th, 2012 by UNCG Research.

The launch of our new website marks a new chapter for the Office of Research and Economic Development. However, our core values and goals stand firm. The Office continues to provide support and strategic direction to enhance scholarship, innovation, economic development, and community engagement. We do this by fostering a culture of research integrity while promoting a robust learning environment. We support innovation and facilitate reciprocal partnerships. And, as we whole-heartedly pursue these aims, we transform our public research university for the 21st century.

Our strategic plan rests on four pillars:

  1. Increasing the impact of UNCG’s research, creative, community engagement, and economic development activities.
  2. Investing in infrastructure and refine policies and procedures necessary to support these activities.
  3. Identifying, establishing, and nurturing existing strategic partnerships that support research and creative activity.
  4. Marketing the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students.

The Carnegie Foundation has classified UNCG as a “high research activity” doctoral-granting institution as well as an “engaged university.” We boast a broad research portfolio, which allows us to create new knowledge, develop critical thinking skills among our students (the next generation of researchers), contribute to economic development in our community, and expand our social capital.

In fiscal year 2011, our researchers submitted 437 proposals, totaling $186,087,471 and representing a 52.2% increase over our five-year average for fiscal years ’05 to ’09.

From these proposals, UNCG received 247 awards, totaling almost $48 million. This number is slightly above last year’s record-breaking total and represents a 39.2% increase over our five-year average for fiscal years ’05 to ’09.

UNCG invested in research and creative activity by awarding $1.6 million directly to principal investigators, deans, and department chairs; over $400,000 to faculty intramural research programs; $250,000 to fund 70 undergraduate research projects; $375,000 for both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 to offset state budget cuts in graduate assistantships; and over $3 million in other support such as grant matches, pre/post award research administration, technology, and faculty retention.

Our economic development efforts focus on entrepreneurship, job creation, workforce development, leadership development, public policy analysis, capacity building, and the creation of intellectual capital and technology transfer.

In the last year we have seen 30 disclosures, 12 material transfer and confidential disclosure agreements, 7 patent applications, 2 patents awarded, one start-up company, $192,275 in royalties, and 4 license/option agreements negotiated.

We finalized our Inventor’s Guide to Innovation and Commercialization, and we expanded the activities of the NC Entrepreneurship Center to include a Speaker Series, a “2 Minutes to Win It” Competition, an international collaboration with the Louvain School of Management in Brussels, and activities that complement formal skills acquired through UNCG’s award-winning cross-disciplinary curriculum in entrepreneurship.

This year marks major strides for UNCG in Community Engagement.

Our university received national recognition with a place on the President’s 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Members of the UNCG family also received individual recognition. Chancellor Brady received the Leo Lambert Award for Engaged Leaders; Associate Professor of Communication Studies Spoma Jovanovic received the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award; and graduate student Kristin Buchner received an Imagining America Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellowship.

As we move forward, the Office of Research and Economic Development will promote our research networks and centers and seed new and existing collaborations within UNCG and with other institutions. We face significant challenges such as an increasingly competitive funding environment, increasing costs related to compliance and other unfunded mandates, and the challenge of retaining and attracting talented faculty. However, with the strategic and wise investment of our resources, we will position ourselves to build on the strong achievements of this past year.

I look forward to taking on a new year of challenges and opportunities with you, my wonderful colleagues at UNCG.

Sincerely,

 

Terri Shelton, Ph.D. 

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development 


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