Expected Outcomes and Impacts

CARD is intended to move OU into an area of applied research and development, and do so without forsaking tenets of inquiry-driven investigation that have been and must remain the hallmark of the academic research enterprise.  Expected outcomes and impacts include but are not limited to:

  • Creation of a much broader opportunity space for research and development, particularly in areas of application, significant growth in the number of non-faculty researchers, and engagement by all researchers in a much more coordinated, systematic fashion;
  • Increased breadth in research opportunities, especially applied, for students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and exposure to new ideas and approaches via mentoring by new non-faculty researchers;
  • Increased stature for the University as a comprehensive research institution, with a greater degree of recognition in key areas of national concern and deeper, broader engagements with private industry;
  • More effective translation of basic research outcomes into operational technologies and services for society, especially in areas of national interest, as well as new modalities of engagement with private industry;
  • More effective alignment between OU’s R&D portfolio and that of the Federal government, going well beyond agencies for which OU has traditionally received the bulk of its funding (e.g., NSF, NIH);
  • Considerable progression in OU’s administrative frameworks and business processes, leading not only to greater funding opportunities but also to options for driving necessary change in other areas;
  • Increased value of OU to the State by expanding OU’s R&D portfolio and positioning it to take a leadership role in important priority areas.
  • Increased value of OU’s intellectual property portfolio through the advancement of technology readiness levels (TRL) as a result of additional applied research and development activity beyond the basic research phase(s).