Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Julie Chen
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Office of the Chancellor
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
180

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
68

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
37.78

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
33

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
26

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
78.79

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
The attached inventory includes all faculty and staff that have had funded research in the past year.

Please note, UMass Lowell is a public, research institution, therefore, we have departments comprised of only researchers called research centers. They are included in this inventory. For more and current information on research at UMass Lowell please see https://www.uml.edu/Research/

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:
Sustainability research is research that leads toward solutions that simultaneously support social wellbeing, economic prosperity, and improved ecological health. It includes research and scholarship that:

Explicitly addresses sustainability and/or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental issues;

Contributes directly toward solving one or more major sustainability challenge; and/or

Engages community members with the aim of combining knowledge and action to achieve positive social, economic and environmental outcomes (e.g. participatory and community-based research and engaged scholarship).

UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability worked with the Office of Research Administration to gather descriptions of all funded research from the prior fiscal year. Review of the research descriptions was supplemented with additional information collected from publicly available abstracts, grant proposals, and/or project websites about the research project, goals, process, and outcomes. The completed inventory was made available to the researchers as an additional review and validation step.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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