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, must improve its solicitation of
financial support for major research infrastructure projects from Minnesota-based
companies, who are the primary beneficiaries of U of M research both directly, such as
with the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics, and indirectly through
graduate and professional training.
Documents (final report and executive summary) providing recommendations proposed by the Research Infrastructure Task Force to improve research at the University by identifying upcoming research opportunities, assessing the amount of growth needed to capitalize on new research opportunities, and recommending plans to support the University's research infrastructure.
Campbell, Steve; Jenkins, Marc.
Transforming the University: Recommendations of the Task Force on Research Infrastructure.
University of Minnesota.
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