The University of Houstons
research clusters are multidisciplinary,
challenge-based groups of investigators
that include and draw on the strengths
of existing research centers, institutes
and laboratories within multiple academic
departments and colleges.
The university has
adopted the concept of research clusters
to take advantage of the interrelationship
of research areas and capitalize on
six areas in which the university and
region have strategic advantages.
Clusters are faculty-driven,
multilevel frameworks that connect researchers
with expertise in various disciplines
in a multicampus system with industry
partners and funding agencies. They
provide an inclusive foundation for
collective scholarly activity and foster
the sharing of ideas.
Each cluster is to
develop a strategic plan, which will
include cluster hiring and investment
in core facilities that will further
enliven the research enterprise and,
ultimately, enrich the student experience.
The overarching goal
of clusters and the cluster hiring strategy
is to develop a critical mass of skills
within the UH System for national leadership
in defined areas of strategic growth.