Christopher J. Molloy, who led the Rutgers-UMDNJ integration, assumed his new role as senior vice president for research and economic development Nov. 1. His responsibilities include oversight and strategic planning for the university’s $700 million in annual research expenditures and management of the many institutional offices and resources that support Rutgers’ research and economic development activities.
Molloy had been interim chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences since July, after serving as interim provost for biomedical and health sciences for nearly two years. Read more here.
The Office of Research and Economic Development promotes excellence in research and economic development initiatives at Rutgers. We are organized to focus on supporting the faculty’s research agenda across the now-expanded university, while also strategically driving economic development activities, largely through public-private partnerships.
Research is fundamental to the university's mission and enhances its education and service missions. Education, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, is delivered by faculty directly involved in the discovery of new knowledge. Rutgers’ faculty, staff, and students bring their expertise to communities throughout New Jersey, the nation, and the world, reaching out to schools, government, foundations, and the business community.
Along with discovery-based research, Rutgers increasingly engages in commercialization of research through the transfer of new technology to industry, contributing to the economic development of New Jersey and the nation. From the discovery of streptomycin--the cure for tuberculosis--to the technology behind Ask.com, Rutgers continues to make a tremendous impact in the commercial world.
Rutgers' R&D expenditures now exceed $700 million annually. The university's research is sponsored by federal and state agencies, corporations, and foundations, which provides research experiences for undergraduates, support for graduate assistants and postdoctoral researchers, and brings state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to each of our three campuses.