N2025 aims to expand interdisciplinary work across the university | Nebraska today
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to building on, expanding on, and combining its strengths to create interdisciplinary approaches that propel new ways to generate knowledge.
This desire never to rest on the strengths of the university is reflected in its N2025 strategic plan – in particular within the framework of the “third objective” of the plan.
As the university enters the third year of its strategic plan, campus leaders recently met to discuss progress toward the document’s six goals and related goals. The videos of the discussions are broadcast until April 25 with a weekly theme related to each of the N2025 Goals.
The third discussion, available below and on the N2025 website, focuses on the third goal, which calls for the university to “focus research, scholarship, creative activity, and student experiences to foster innovative, interdisciplinary endeavors and solve critical challenges for Nebraska and the world”. Three video stories highlighting interdisciplinary work related to this goal will be released on April 6.
Speak N2025 plan, the targets of the third goal include:
Increase extramural funding, scholarships and creative activities generated by interdisciplinary teams by 15% per year on a rolling three-year average;
Align at least 50% of strategic research investments with the university’s Grand Challenge priorities;
Increase the number of we patents granted by 70% and increase the number of licenses executed by 50%; and
Train seven research-based start-ups annually, each based on university technologies.
The university’s most visible work on the third goal has been the launch of its Grand Challenges initiative – a thematic organization that has identified seven areas to help focus and guide research and creative activity. The seven themes are: anti-racism and racial equity; climate resilience; early childhood education and development; health equity; quantum science and engineering; scientific and technological culture for society; and sustainable food and water security.
In the summer of 2021, Chancellor Ronnie Green and Bob Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, made a $40 million strategic investment and call for teams to create Grand Challenges-related proposals.
“We had 66 teams that provided notice of intent to submit Grand Challenges proposals in 2022,” said Nathan Meier, deputy vice chancellor for research. “The teams are led by teachers of all grades and types. And the projects include contributors from every college on our campus. We also anticipate meaningful integration of private sector partners into proposed projects. »
Full proposals are expected at the end of April and funded projects will be announced.
Additional progress of the third objective described in the discussion includes:
- Designation of a set of university-wide research centers that span two or more colleges;
- Multiple Interdisciplinary Efforts of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts
- Launched a science and technology literacy program for society at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Receive a $20 million grant for an emerging collaboration on quantum materials and technologies led by Christian Binek;
- Nebraska Extension engaging in communities across the state and through current student-led summer internships;
- Ongoing collaborations and discussions around equity and inclusion across colleges, departments, and units;
- Creation of pathways within the academic honors program that provide cross-disciplinary experiences;
- Offers the Changemaker Program at the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences, which gives students a chance to pursue their big idea to impact Nebraska and the world; and
- Develop long-standing expertise in minority health disparities.
Learn more about progress in the third objective of the N2025 strategic plan by watching the video discussion and reading more here.