State university officials address plans to ramp up research

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators met Friday, devoting much of its focus to efforts to boost research within the statewide university system.

Alexander Cartwright, chancellor of the University of Missouri in Columbia, said MU will open an Office of Research Advancement to achieve his previously stated goal of doubling research spending in five years.

Cartwright has asked for growth plans from all of MU’s schools and colleges. Drafts are due at month’s end, and full plans are due in November.

“We have an impressive research portfolio, but we are falling behind,” Cartwright said, citing MU’s position relative to other institutions in the Association of American Universities.

A few examples of that focus on research emerged at Friday’s meeting:

  • MU is targeting $54 million in annual research funding for its $220 million Translational Precision Medicine Complex.
  • MU School of Medicine Dean Patrick Delafontaine says his school wants to hire 40 research-intensive faculty in the next five years.
  • The UM System plans to launch a software platform later this year designed to connect faculty based on research interests.

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