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January 10, 2019

Dear members of the Tufts research community,

On October 29th, members of the Tufts research and scholarship community gathered to officially kick off implementation of the Research and Scholarship Strategic Plan (RSSP).  It was gratifying to have President Monaco and Provost ad interim Kochevar and other members of university leadership there to inaugurate the event.  Participants came from across all of Tufts’ schools and campuses – Boston, Grafton, Medford, and SMFA – and included representatives from the, Libraries, Tufts Medical Center, and external partners, highlighting the cross-disciplinary collaborative nature of the RSSP. To learn more about the event, view presentations and peruse the attendee list, please click here.

Members of the priority area working groups have been busy with different activities including building advisory boards, retreats, developing RFPs for pilot grants, and submitting proposals as the university strives to support their work in all its stages. For ways to learn more about the priority areas, the funded proposals, their planned activities, and to get involved:

In addition to the many activities going on in the priority area working groups, the University has undertaken implementation of the recommendations made by the Resources, Barriers, and Facilitators of Research and Scholarship working group.  Steps have already been taken toward implementing these recommendations and are being operationalized by appropriate committees of faculty and staff. Updates will be provided on our website and through other means of communications.

I am happy to let you know that the complete RSSP report including the process, data gathering, and analysis, and recommendations is now available on our website.

Please be in touch with your ideas for improving research and scholarship at Tufts.  It’s been a privilege to engage with you and I look forward to all that we can do together in the coming months.

All the best,


Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University