Shaping the Research Agenda

Strategic Recommendation

Shape the regional, national, and international research agenda and priorities.

CMU will take a more proactive role in shaping the national agenda and federal research priorities by developing new ways to discover and define the issues that deserve investigation and debate—and by better communicating the excellence of our research. We will create opportunities for the entire campus to engage in dialogue on emerging big ideas that have the potential to lead to center-scale activities. We will proactively incite discussion on emerging issues of societal importance by developing and convening symposia and forums that bring together leading minds representing a broad range of perspectives, experience, and expertise.

The university will commit institutional support for encouraging and engaging faculty to serve in national and international roles, for example, appointments to federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or roles in national and international advisory groups such as the National Council on the Arts. We will recognize and promote the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and alumni by increasing the number nominated for prestigious awards and recognitions, both internally and externally.


Recent Accomplishments

  • For the fifth consecutive year, CMU Interim President Farnam Jahanian and CMU faculty and researchers were among global leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland in January 2018.
  • In 2017, CMU’s School of Computer Science Launched CMU AI, which establishes the critical mass of brilliant human minds, state-of-the-art research facilities and financial resources necessary to create technologies that will change the world for the better.
  • In January 2017, The Department of Defense awarded the public-private Manufacturing USA institute to a nonprofit venture led by Carnegie Mellon, with more than 220 partners in industry, academia, government and the nonprofit sector nationwide. The institute will receive $80 million from the DOD, and an additional $173 million from partner organizations.
  • In December 2016, CMU was awarded $14 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a new National University Transportation Center named Mobility21.  The center will focus on safely and efficiently improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century.
  • In October 2016, CMU hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a national convening co-hosted with The White House and the University of Pittsburgh to explore the future of innovation here and around the world.