The University of Missouri wants to double its annual research funding in the next five years.
The plan, outlined by MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright in a speech Tuesday, would increase the university’s budget for research to $400 million from $200 million, putting MU on par with other public schools in the Association of American Universities.
Cartwright said MU wants to attract three to five national research centers in that five-year window.
The chancellor discussed ideas including an office to identify grant opportunities and a program to bring professional artists to serve as artists-in-residence at MU.
Those and other moves would send a message, Cartwright said, that MU is “very serious about becoming a premier Midwestern university.”
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