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Strategic Research Plan. the power of strategy + action Results from Breakout Sessions. Research Retreat 12 February 2010 Terri L. Lomax Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. N ew growth. On day 1 of the retreat. Editorial Recommendations.

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Strategic research plan

Strategic Research Plan

the power of strategy + action

Results from Breakout Sessions

Research Retreat

12 February 2010

Terri L. Lomax

Vice Chancellor for Research

and Graduate Studies


N ew growth on day 1 of the retreat

New growth. On day 1 of the retreat. . .


Editorial recommendations

Editorial Recommendations

  • Edit for brevity & impact (CONSOLIDATE)

  • Don’t confuse “Objectives” with “Action Items” and/or “Metrics”

  • Mindful of Strategic Plan vs. Implementation Plan

  • Remove jargon; straight talk

  • Preamble recommended. Address inclusion of traditional disciplines as well as multidisciplinary


Content recommendations

Content Recommendations

Recurring themes/recommendations:

  • Need for first-class facilities & instrumentation: understand what we have, where we have it, and what we need.

  • Cluster hires/talent procurement: create advisory committees to help (roster should include internationally known researchers)

  • Need for unrestricted/flexible funding. Work with Development & Foundation Relations on this.


Content recommendations1

Content Recommendations

Recurring themes/recommendations:

  • Create a culture of partnerships: show what the value is of multidisciplinary research for everyone involved.

  • Proactively nominate researchers for international awards. Make the nomination process available online.


Content recommendations2

Content Recommendations

High-level content recommendations:

  • Align the Research Strategic Plan with other university plans (economic development, teaching & extension, etc.) While ours is specific to research it should compliment and fit with other plans.

  • Include values such as creativity & scholarship rather than a dollar-driven tone.

  • Illustrate NC State’s mission to respond to critical societal needs in our plan.


Content recommendations3

Content Recommendations

  • Include “faculty, staff and students” throughout plan, rather than “faculty & grad students”

  • When referring to rewarding faculty activities that are ‘above and beyond,’ instead of using “incentive,” use another phrase (e.g. support & encourage)

  • Shore up our traditional strengths while entering into new areas of research

  • Bring existing traditional research areas together to create new strengths


Content recommendations4

Content Recommendations

Specific content recommendations:

  • Sunset clause: Address the timeline of the Strategic Plan. (e.g. review every 5 years)

  • Incentives to keep undergrads on campus as graduate students

  • In order to increase Federal funding, work directly with program officers to create funding opportunities. Align SRAs with agency SRAs. Discussion about “capture teams.”


Content recommendations5

Content Recommendations

  • Since DOD is becoming export-controlled, create system secure areas

  • To increase memberships, encourage University higher-administration to contact agency higher-administration

  • To attract grad students: Fellowships at the institutional level

  • Replace position on campus who serves as a mentor to those seeking graduate fellowships


Content recommendations6

Content Recommendations

  • Examine dormant Master Agreements that could be revived and used.

  • Make sure there is a way for researchers to edit their own research profiles within the NC Expertise Database.

  • Create classes for new researchers regarding compliance, how to find resources, and what a proposal should look like.

  • If current facilities are not being used efficiently, re-assign them.


Content recommendations7

Content Recommendations

  • Create industry advisory boards and learn how we can improve our partnerships

  • Encourage Department Heads to communicate with News Services when researchers are published in larger journals

  • Help graduates enter the job market: Pay for first year’s salary in return for joint patent assignments.


Just plain good ideas

Just plain good ideas

  • “Ideas in-box” or “Idea Depot”

  • Work with URC to develop a website where people can submit research ideas/tools/practices that would work well at NC State

  • “Central Student Opportunity Database”

  • Work with URC to develop a website where we can list research projects/wish-lists and allow students to choose real-life problems to work on (anything from developing a web tool to part-time technician)


Just plain good ideas1

Just plain good ideas

  • “Listening Sessions”

  • Don’t forget our students’ perspectives. Hold focus groups to learn exactly what researchers need, how industry would like to partner, etc.


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