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July 11, 2018

Dear members of the Tufts research community,

I write today to update you on Tufts’ university-wide research and scholarship strategic plan (RSSP) and to let you know how you can get involved in the weeks and months ahead as we move to the implementation phase of the plan.

As many of you know, based on months of extensive data gathering from key internal and external stakeholders, the RSSP project team identified five priority research areas that Tufts is uniquely qualified to address over the next five to ten years: Climate, Food, Water & Energy; Comparative Global Humanities; Equitable Society;  Living Technology; and One Health.  Over the past several months, working groups for each of the five thematic priority areas were formed and twelve research proposals were developed.

In April, after careful review, the RSSP Steering Committee selected eight of the most actionable proposals for funding over the next three years.  The Executive Committee approved the funding for these proposals in two phases.  These plans were presented to the Board of Trustees in May 2018.

Phase I Funded Proposals

Phase II Funded Proposals

You’ll find short descriptions of these proposals on the RSSP website.

In the coming weeks, members of the RSSP implementation support team in my office will be meeting with the priority area working groups and other members of the research community to develop a project plan with a preliminary budget and milestones.  In the fall, we will be hosting and facilitating stakeholder retreats to mobilize participation from the broader Tufts research community.

I encourage all of you to participate in this exciting work as it moves forward.  To find out how you can get involved, email Augusta Rohrbach, director of strategic initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Thank you for your invaluable input and feedback on the RSSP process thus far.  I look forward to working with you and the broader Tufts research community in the months ahead.

All the best,

Simin Nikbin Meydani
Vice Provost for Research