At the center of innovation

Collaboration and high-quality research drive impact and economic development. 

It is my great pleasure to highlight the innovative research and creative work of our exceptional faculty, research staff and students. Last year, our faculty competed successfully for $425.6 million in externally sponsored research awards and submitted 2,255 proposals with a dollar value of more than $1.5 billion. You’ll find an overview of fiscal year 2014-15 here.

But the impact of the university’s research programs is not about the numbers; the true value is to individuals who benefit from the work of our researchers. U.S. Army Colonel Patricia Collins is one of many veterans whose lives have been changed by Alena Grabowski and others in CU-Boulder’s Applied Biomechanics Lab with the development of more efficient electrically powered anklefoot prosthese. A powdered measles vaccine by Robert Sievers of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences will benefit populations in developing countries since it will be delivered by a puff of air instead of the more expensive traditional liquid method. Closer to home, this map shows the research and outreach going on across Colorado.

Undergraduate and graduate students are at the center of many of these research and creative work projects. Twenty students— mostly undergraduates—are managing crucial components of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission studying space weather. College of Music students are integrally involved in the process of staging new operas each summer. And, new technology is being developed by students participating in two of our key campus-based entrepreneurship programs—Catalyze CU-Boulder and the New Venture Challenge.

Our highly collaborative environment enables us to tackle many of the issues facing society by bringing together teams of experts— often from multiple disciplines—to develop new approaches to diverse social and scientific challenges such as addressing school bullying through Shakespearean plays or adapting to changing climate conditions. Our research partners include the federal labs across the Front Range of Colorado, in addition to dozens of research collaborations with industry, foundations, and universities from across the state, the nation and all over the world. This fall I am stepping down as Vice Chancellor for Research to focus on my own research. I look forward to watching CU-Boulder’s research impact continue to grow under the leadership of incoming Vice Chancellor for Research Terri Fiez.

—Stein Sture
    Vice Chancellor for Research 

24 Federally Funded labs in Colorado, including 10 in Boulder

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The University of Colorado Boulder is a globally leading, research-intensive public university. It is the only insitution in the Rocky Mountain region that belongs to the Association of AMerican Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities.