Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC)

Making Innovation Central to Rhode Island's Future Gina M. Raimondo, Governor

URI Commission Making Progress on Recommendations for Strengthening URI Research Capacity

Published on June 13, 2008

The University of Rhode Island Commission on Research and Innovation will hold it‚??s fourth meeting on Monday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the offices of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

The Commission, which was created by legislative statute in 2006 after appearing as one of STAC‚??s annual recommendations, is charged with proposing specific actions to strengthen URI‚??s position as a nationally competitive public research university and a key institution in Rhode Island‚??s effort to grow an innovation economy.

The Commission is chaired by Justice Robert G. Flanders, Jr. and is comprised of highly respected local, national and international experts representing the fields of business, education, research and government who have been collecting and reviewing data and meeting with URI constituents since last October in order to produce a set of recommendations that define a clear path for strengthening URI‚??s ability to serve as a nationally prominent research institution.

Specifically, the report will include recommendations that put forth a strategy for how the University of Rhode Island can 1) improve an unusually low level of industry investment in academic R&D; 2)  produce a stronger, more science and technology-oriented workforce; and 3) align its resources to more fully take advantage of existing opportunities in national funding opportunities, both federal and private.

STAC is responsible for reporting the commission‚??s findings back to the Governor and the Rhode Island General Assembly no later than September of 2008.

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