In 2012, Dr. Bill Ball, Vice President of the Office of Research, made
changes to the Office of Research to allow greater integration and
support of research efforts within colleges. In addition, Dr. Ball’s
plan was to increase opportunities to promote innovation at the student,
faculty, departmental and college levels. One step in this direction
was the creation of the UC Board of Sponsored Research within the Office
of Research to allow greater transparency of the office within the
university, to integrate better the support in helping colleges achieve
their research goals, allowing all colleges to participate in how
research is to be done at the university and finally, to promote greater
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary efforts.
In 2013, under the new leadership of President Santa Ono,
the University of Cincinnati undertook an extensive yearlong process of
creating a strategic research plan conducted by the Office of Research
through the direction of Vice President Ball. This process was designed
along three primary pathways: Pathway A – Research in Health, the
Sciences and Engineering (Traditionally Sponsored Research Efforts);
Pathway B – Research/Scholarship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social
Sciences (AHSS); and Pathway C – Industry Partnerships,
Commercialization, Workforce Development, and the Role of the University
in Community economic development.
Dr. Ball recognized that the UC Board for Sponsored Research
could serve as the members of Pathway A. Dr. Ball worked with the Board
to produce an initial draft of a White Paper
on Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine
(STEMM). In 2014, the Board was renamed the STEMM Research Advisory
STEMM Research Advisory Board
In addition, President Ono asked Dr. Ball to lead an effort
to re-evaluate the overall mission for research at UC in the next 5-10
years and build the necessary infrastructure to create a sustainable
research environment that takes into account all research at the
university and the needs of faculty to remain productive in research
throughout their career at UC. Thus, one of the first charges of this
group was to make recommendations to the Executive Committee and
President Ono of what will be required to make this happen.
The STEMM Research Advisory Board (formerly known as UC Board for
Sponsored Research / Pathway A) was formed in 2012 as a permanent
committee to support UC Vice President for Research, Dr. Bill Ball, and
the UC Office of Research. The role of the Board is as follows:
To represent and promote the research interests of the colleges or units within an intercollegiate forum.
To promote intercollegiate and multidisciplinary approach to university research.
To advise the Office of Research on best practices to
promote intercollegiate and multidisciplinary research which will
recognize the efforts of all involved.
To allow constructive input into the operational management of research at the university.
To recommend to the Vice President for Research the most
productive and efficient use of resources directed at research.
Announcements: Interdisciplinary Research Teams Win Strategic Collaborative Grants
Office of Research has announced the winners of the inaugural Strategic
Collaborative Faculty Grant Program, initiated by the Office of the
Assistant Vice President of Research, Strategic Implementation. More