This report contains many specific recommendations that would improve operations and efficiencies within the U of M research infrastructure system. In order to achieve the University’s stated goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities, however, it is clear that major capital investments will be necessary, particularly in the five research areas that this report highlights. Minor new investments and gains achieved by reorganization and increases in efficiency will not be sufficient. Central administration, through its respective Foundations, should be actively soliciting financial support from Minnesota-based companies, who are the primary beneficiaries of U of M research both directly and through graduate and professional training, for major research infrastructure projects.
These documents (preliminary report and executive summary) provide recommendations to improve and make more efficient the University of Minnesota's research infrastructure. Additionally,
"[t]he committee identified five major areas in which it felt that there is both the likelihood of strong external support and a strong competency within the University. These are Nanotechnology; Infectious Disease and Cancer; Neuroscience, Cognition, and Behavior; Climatology, Ecology, and Renewable Energy; and Cyber-infrastructure. The major infrastructure needs were outlined for each area."
Campbell, Steve; Jenkins, Marc.
Transforming the University: Preliminary Recommendations of the Task Force on Research Infrastructure.
University of Minnesota.
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