Impactful Research Pillar

Support Impactful Research

Strategic Plan: Pillar 2

The College of SBS is committed to producing research that leads to positive change in the world. The second pillar, Support Impactful Research, aims to support a healthy research ecosystem within the College of SBS.

This includes increasing research funding, encouraging community-engaged research, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations. We will also support researchers in telling the stories of their discoveries.

Pillar Goals

  • Support and sustain a healthy research ecosystem.
    • Increase internal funding to support SBS research efforts.
    • Align physical and human infrastructure with research efforts, including pre- and post-award services, lab facilities, and data and computational resources.
  • Encourage place-based, community-engaged, and participatory action research, both in our local Borderlands and in global settings.
  • Facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral, and translational research collaborations.
    • Increase SBS participation in the human dimensions of University of Arizona grand challenge priorities and interdisciplinary convergence research initiatives.
    • Advance additional clusters of college-wide research strength (for example, but not limited to: computational social science; research on justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging; human rights; area studies, historical, and language research).
    • Leverage SBS and RII centers and institutes and external partnership networks to advance collaboration.
    • Recognize and reward public, applied, and translational scholarship and creative endeavors through annual review and promotion and tenure processes.
  • Communicate and celebrate the value and impact of SBS research.
    • Encourage and support researchers to engage in public scholarship and to tell the stories of their discoveries and impacts.
    • Increase nominations of SBS faculty and research staff for prestigious awards.

Aligning With The University's Strategic Plan

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' second pillar, Support Impactful Research, aligns with the University of Arizona’s pillars for Wildcat Journey, Arizona Advantage, and Grand Challenges.