Florida State University (FSU) has launched a new initiative to promote centers and institutes doing public-impact research and connect them to donors.
Big Bets is led by interim vice president for research Dr. Laurel Fulkerson.
“Big Bets requires faculty to look several years, perhaps even a decade, into the future and articulate the major impacts their research can achieve with the infusion of a multimillion-dollar world-changing gift,” Fulkerson said. “We recognize the delta that exists between our excellent research centers and the resources needed to make a colossal impact. This initiative is an attempt to bridge that gap and connect our centers to big thinkers with big ideas about changing the world.”
For the initiative’s pilot phase, Fulkerson chose three centers: the Florida Center for Reading Research, the Institute for Justice Research and Development and the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center.