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Innovation Strategy

Over the past two years Ohio University has taken steps to develop a strategy – now designated the Innovation Strategy – to ensure that the institution continues to engage substantively with the challenges of the 21st century.

The Innovation Strategy Interim Report, released in September 2014, identified four broad portfolios of major challenges, each encompassing a suite of niches for possible investment. The niches represent significant problems, linked to areas in which OHIO has existing assets or expertise, and offering the potential for investment with high-level impact.

The Innovation Strategy encompasses the full spectrum of the university's activities – including teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity, and the operational functions of the university. It also aims to incentivize and leverage interdisciplinary and multi-college collaboration.

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News and Features about Innovation Strategy Initiatives


University investment in interdisciplinary projects pay off (Updates on Cycle 1 Planning Grants and Announcements of Cycle 2 Planning Grants, November 13, 2017)

Boom Without the Bust: 'Shale Innovation Project' Researches Sustainable Natural Gas Development (October 13, 2017)

University to review six proposals for Innovation Strategy Cycle 2 funding (April 4, 2017)

Innovation Strategy submisions show strong university engagement with interdisciplinary initiatives (January 31, 2017)

University community invited to view Innovation Strategy letters of intent, join projects (October 20, 2016)

Letters of Intent for Innovation Strategy Cycle 2 funding due Oct. 13 (September 28, 2016)

Research Division to host Innovation Strategy information and networking sessions, collaborative projects workshop (September 13, 2016)

Kids, Keyboards and Conversation: How a summer rock camp strives to help youth with autism (June 16, 2016)

Innovation Strategy offers $350,000 in seed grants to seven OHIO teams (June 6, 2016)

Innovation Strategy announces plans for second cycle of program (June 2, 2016)

Immersive Media Initiative offers OHIO students experience with virtual and augmented reality technologies (April 15, 2016)

Innovation Strategy supports new osteoporosis diagnosis technology (April 12, 2016)

Engineers, public policy experts seek sustainable, enhanced economic outcomes from shale boom (April 1, 2016)

Academic Innovation Accelerator to cultivate new teaching concepts (March 28, 2016)

Innovation Strategy program awards $4 million to four research and teaching initiatives (Feb 25, 2016)

Five teams receive planning grants from the Innovation Strategy program (Jan 6, 2016)

Innovation Strategy Interim Report 

Ohio University Innovation Strategy: An Interim Report. Eva Klein & Associates, August 2014 [PDF] (PDF file)

Questions about the Innovation Strategy can be addressed to: research@ohio.edu