Dear Panther Community,
Georgia State’s research and innovation are so important to the state, region and world. Our uniquely diverse students, faculty and staff — in one of the most dynamic cities in the country — create far-reaching solutions to some of the most important global challenges. With its incredible trajectory over the past decade, Georgia State has more than doubled scholarly publications, creative works, citations, press mentions, sponsored research activity, national awards and more. Let’s double down for the next decade! Over the coming years, I believe the university will develop new research and innovation drivers that will build upon our great foundation.
As a first step to identifying the next major research drivers for Georgia State, I will make a $2.5 million one-time investment to jumpstart up to five next-generation research ideas that will further raise the prominence of Georgia State in research and innovation. I am delighted that Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dr. Tim Denning and Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nicolle Parsons-Pollard have devised an initiative for the community to create ideas for research growth from the grassroots.
We are proud to launch an exciting new Research Innovation and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) challenge that will leverage the strengths of our research community to address complex problems through interdisciplinary collaboration.
This initiative will:
• Foster an innovative research ecosystem that will mobilize faculty across units around a high-impact focus.
• Translate research discovery into outcomes that elevate Georgia State to national and international prominence.
This initiative will provide resources for five interdisciplinary teams of faculty to develop transformative research at the university. Teams that receive these awards will take bold new approaches to our most pressing societal challenges. Their signature research themes will culminate in large-scale impacts that extend into our community and beyond through partnerships with government agencies, private industry, foundations and nonprofits, or philanthropic sponsors. This challenge will cultivate the next generation of innovative thought leaders among our students, faculty and staff, and truly make Georgia State RISE!
A campus-wide webinar will be held Thursday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. to discuss the RISE challenge's goals and solicit feedback to help shape the initiative.
A recording will be available for those unable to attend.
Thank you for your continued commitment to Georgia State!