Vice President for Research and Economic Development

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Ray Vaughn, PhD
Vice President for Research
and Economic Development

Welcome to the UAH Office for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development! We are very proud of our research record and our extremely productive faculty, research staff, and student body that have contributed to UAH being named by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to the "Very High Activity" research category, placing us among a select group of public universities in America with this ranking. Our research endeavors vary greatly according to discipline and research center interest. Today, NASA and the Department of Defense remain our largest research sponsors. UAH consistently ranks among the top universities with respect to both NASA and DoD research expenditures as reported by the National Science Foundation. Backed by the UAH Strategic Plan, our faculty and staff are actively growing strong relationships with the Department of Energy, NIH, NOAA/NWS, and NSF. We are also positioned as the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, the second-largest corporate Research and Technology park in the U.S. Our research expenditures continue to grow while contributing to the academic mission, to scientific literature, and to economic development in our community and across the nation. During the past five years, UAH researchers have performed over $400 million in contracts and grants, the university has awarded over 1800 graduate degrees, and created more than $5 million in licenses and royalty fees from an intellectual property portfolio that is based on over 100 invention and copyright disclosures. These results have been possible because of the efforts of our faculty, staff, and students in the UAH colleges and research centers, and the successful partnerships that they have established across the U.S. and around the world.

We welcome you to the UAH research enterprise and I and my staff look forward to hearing from you. Whether you are a current or potential UAH employee, student, research partner, or stakeholder, please do not hesitate to contact us with research related questions and comments.

From The Desk of the OVPRED

OVPRED Colleague Letter - December 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As the Fall semester draws to a close and we prepare for the Christmas holiday break, I wanted to communicate some of the activities we’ve been busy with in the Office of Research and Economic Development.   This is also a time to thank each of you for your efforts toward growing our research program and to wish you all a restful, peaceful, and joyous holiday.

I often hear from you that these letters are appreciated as a means of communication and I do appreciate that feedback.   I sometimes hear that I overlooked mentioning a particular achievement or topic and I can assure you that the fault for that lies solely with me.   There are so many wonderful achievements by our faculty, staff, and students that I occasionally miss mentioning something.   For that I apologize.   

The Office for Proposal Development continues to be a very good resource for our faculty and staff.   I have received many compliments from faculty who have used them to edit proposals or who have found opportunities through the weekly funding bulletin that they publish.    While their primary task is to coordinate and facilitate large proposal efforts, they can also be helpful on individual investigator proposals and...


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