The performance of the research and innovation enterprise of the University of Houston continues to impress the nation. With an increase of more than 10% in research expenditure in the past year, reaching $195 million, UH broke records including its own. With the capabilities and talent of our faculty, with the support of our inspiring and ambitious chancellor, with the rigor of our provost, and with the reenergized and restructured Division of Research, there is no doubt that our march of excellence will continue apace.
But we are just warming up. We are building four world-class research institutes based on the recent magnificent anonymous ASPIRE gift of $50 million. We have just started the second year of the Chancellor-launched campaign of 50-in-5, and this year we welcome our first class of College of Medicine students. All of these three transformative advances will further propel the expansion of the research enterprise.
The $50 million ASPIRE gift is being used to launch research institutes in global engagement, smart cities, sustainable energy and health innovations; all of which are integrative institutes that address global challenges. The goal of the 50-in-5 campaign is to increase all UH intellectual output by 50% in five years; from scientific research to art performances to national awards. Colleges have defined their metrics and are diligently working on the annual and final targets. The College of Medicine, while focused on primary care physician education, will provide local, regional and national health challenges and facilitate the application of our science and engineering expertise to address these challenges.
Research at the University of Houston is now nationally and globally prominent. The data presented in this annual research report is the testament of our march of excellence and preeminence.
Amr Elnashai, FREng
Vice President for Research