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Message from the Associate Provost Issue 004

Road to $100 Million

Gary L. Harris, Ph.D
Dr. Gary L. Harris

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Howard University has launched a major Road to $100 Million research initiative with the following goals:

  • ●   To ultimately identify Howard University as a worldwide research institution
  • ●   To create a roadmap for the growth of research and stellar scholarly and creative productivity
  • ●   To increase the job and graduate school opportunities for Howard graduates
  • ●   To develop an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the campus
  • ●   To forge the most progressive business-academia relationship in the nation
  • ●   To bring together the Howard academic community.

The initiative will provide foundational underpinnings for the project by fostering the acquisition of small equipment grants, grants for facilities equipment, enhanced administrative support, a Howard innovation lab, an increase in graduate assistantships, a renewed emphasis on undergraduate research, and the promotion of a model of shared responsibility between faculty and the university.

Several Howard faculty and programs are already garnering national and international recognition for their innovative research projects, including

  • ●   Rodney Green, Ph.D., and Charles Betsey, Ph.D.: Center on Race and Wealth - $1.2 million.
  • ●   Moses Owolabi, Ph.D.: Materials Testing- Afrosr - $495,000; Army Research - $500,000; NSF - $500,000, and DURIP - $500,000
  • ●   Dean Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D. : USAID Family Health International 360, Pharmaceutical Services and HIV- Africa (Ethiopia, Zambia and South Africa) - $2.4 million (2012); and Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV-AIDS Services - $4.7 million (year two)
  • ●   Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility 2011-2013 - $2.59 million August 2013 – Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (NSF – STC) with Harvard/MIT - $1.0 m/year for 10 years. International Partners: Tohoku University, Shenyang Chinese Acad Sci, Peking University, Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais, Delft University of Technology. Industrial Partners include Google, Microsoft, Intel, ElementSix, TI, Analog Devices, Alcatel-Lucent, Applied Materials, and Raytheon

In the fall of 2013, the Howard University Research Advisory Council (RAC) met to develop the strategic guidance for the University regarding its research agenda that builds upon Howard University’s mission. The guiding principles were: 1) to emphasis the University’s commitment to social justice, scientific inquiry, entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalism; and identify areas where the University can make a future impact. The priorities are designed to assist the University in making strategic investments to support growth and to attract external financial support and partners. The priorities are designed to be interdisciplinary across and within schools and colleges, complement faculty and student research, and incorporate teaching and learning opportunities at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The RAC reviewed and analyzed the materials submitted from the schools and colleges, members of the Research Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate Pillars, the Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal, the Research Directory, Research Administrative Services, and the Graduate School Dean’s Presentation to the Board of Trustees; and reviewed how other universities present their research priorities. Many other research and scholarly activities are encouraged at the University outside of these priority areas; however, these priorities, which must have sustained external funding, represent a synthesis /cross section of faculty research interest, input, and external funding into several common themes. These areas are: Atmospheric Science, Computational Sciences and Cyber security, Educational Disparities, Health Disparities, HIV/AIDS, and Nanotechnology/High Performance Materials. Because of its strong bio-medical faculty, it is only natural that the University would compete for funding in the areas of health disparities and nanotechnology. A critical mass of faculty is currently engaged in these research areas; and graduate students are actively engaged in them. Prospective funding is likely, and continued support is necessary to maintain and increase the University’s competitiveness in these areas.

We are excited about this new initiative and encourage your participation as we move forward towards our $100 million goal. For more information, contact Dr. Gary L. Harris at


Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies

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