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A set of initiatives, collectively now referred to as PIERS, The Provost’s Initiatives to Enhance Research and Scholarship, will build off of existing practices and identify new approaches aimed at elevating Vanderbilt University’s international research profile and continuing to enhance the university’s competitiveness for research funding, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente announced today. PIERS is part of the Action phase of the Academic Strategic Plan.
“This is a transformative time for our research enterprise and we must continually evolve our support practices and resources to meet the needs of faculty and to make known the amazing discoveries taking place at Vanderbilt,” Wente said. “PIERS encompasses a set of initiatives, projects and efforts designed to elevate the university’s research profile globally and build upon our strength and investments in trans-institutional research. Our goal is to support a research environment that drives leaders and sponsors to consider Vanderbilt first when they seek to address the critical challenges of science and society through research, scholarship and public engagement.”
The initial set of PIERS efforts include:
The initiative’s overall motto will be “shape opportunity; seize opportunity,” reflecting its interlinked goals of shaping the national research dialogue and seizing opportunities to support research and scholarship in an increasingly competitive international environment
Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan will work with Provost Wente to oversee PIERS’ implementation. “PIERS is designed to leverage our strengths, to explore new opportunities, and to provide direct support to our faculty for innovative, interdisciplinary research that aligns with the pillars of the Academic Strategic Plan,” Raghavan said. “These initiatives collectively further our efforts to position Vanderbilt as a leader in key thematic areas of research and scholarship and enhance our ability to attract and retain the very best faculty from across the nation and around the world.”
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