Implementation Overview

We aim to position our university at the forefront of research and creative discovery, enhancing the success of our talented collection of scholars, researchers, and artists.

To achieve this, we must build upon our strengths and identify new strategic opportunities. In Year 1, we formed a Strategic Plan Action and Resource Committee (SPARC) team with representation from across the university to evaluate and prioritize existing areas of distinction. Using their findings, we'll be able to strategically invest in enhancing our infrastructure for research and creative discovery. We're also promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, creating teams of researchers from across the university to tackle topics like cancer treatment, water quality, and climate change.

Key Metrics


new interdisciplinary research communities

Created through the Jumpstarting Tomorrow Seed Grant Program in FY22 and FY23


National Science Foundation CAREER Awards in FY23

Number of winners in FY23 ties a UI record for recipients of this prestigious award for early-career faculty

$ 20M

multi-institutional statewide initiative joined by UI

The initiative leverages the expertise of 16 UI faculty from a range colleges and units to make Iowa a national leader in biomanufacturing

7-Year, $28M

grant to extend research discoveries into rural Iowa

UI Carver College of Medicine was awarded the grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to help address rural health disparities

Highlights and Success

$ 500K

grant from IMLS

To assess effects of public libraries on community resilience

Research photo

Grant review program helps faculty member with successful $3M grant submission

Anna Stanhewicz took advantage of the OVPR’s external review program before submitting a proposal for an R01 grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

INI TMS study

Researchers develop new tool to study how TMS affects the brain

A new technique developed by UI researchers provides data on how the brain responds to electrophysiological treatments for depression in real time.

FedEx and UPS delivery trucks

Tippie professor leads study to optimize delivery drivers’ time

Ann Campbell, professor of business analytics and information systems, co-authored a study that optimizes delivery drivers’ overall time, suggesting delivery companies can save time and money in places where parking is hard to find by developing routes that tell drivers what customers they should drive to and which they should walk to on foot.

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