Monday Afternoon Learning Opps

The Business Officer’s Role in Promoting Public Impact-Focused Research

  • Monday, July 15
  • 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 14
  • SK


Sandra Brown

Vice Chancellor for Research, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, California

Michael Gower

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Diane Souvaine

Chair, National Science Board and Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

National Science Foundation and Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts


University-based research seeks to improve lives, mitigate problems, and improve the future, yet efforts to convey awareness and knowledge of university-based research to the public and policymakers are not always effective. The speakers will explore how business officers can strengthen and promote public impact-focused research (PIR), help increase community engagement, build partnerships with external stakeholders, and help build broader support for higher education institutions. They will delve into the barriers that business officers face when funding and engaging in PIR and discuss how to enact strategies to foster the conduct of PIR.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the value proposition of engaging in public impact-focused research
  • Raise awareness among community stakeholders of the impact and benefit of partnering with research universities to solve real-world problems
  • Evaluate financial and sustainability best practices for public impact-focused research (PIR)