Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 August Horner
Sustainability Student Asst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides stipends of $1400 for up to 120 hours of research and covers research expenses up to $300. This program has a high-funding rate, and covers about 80% of student research costs. UROP actively encourages and supports projects related to sustainability.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

The Institute on the Environment provides a number of incentives to encourage faculty research on sustainability topics. Examples include:

-Institute on the Environment Resident Fellowships. This program provides flexible funds for scholars to engage in innovative research and problem solving and pursue leadership training. Resident fellowships are open to faculty on all University of Minnesota campuses.

-Discovery Grants. With this program, the Institute on the Environment aims to launch cutting-edge research activities with a one-time investment of venture capital funding. We look for projects that will make a major difference in research and discovery.

-IonE Mini Grants. These are intended to help spur new collaborative efforts by providing small amounts of funding and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.) to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students from across the University system. The grants are meant to encourage collaboration across disciplines, units or campuses at the University of Minnesota.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

Interdisciplinary work, public engagement, international activities and initiatives, attention to questions of diversity, technology transfer, and other special kinds of professional activity by the candidate should be considered when applicable. The awarding of indefinite tenure presupposes that the candidate's record shows strong promise of his or her achieving promotion to professor.


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

Sustainability research is supported by a subject librarian and searchable databases. These databases are subscribed to by the University of Minnesota and specifically for sustainability.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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