A group of 21 University of South Alabama researchers traveled to Auburn University to meet with Auburn faculty in the hopes of forming new, collaborative research relationships.
The research field trip to Auburn is the first of what USA hopes to be many visits with regional universities. USA Vice President for Research Dr. Russ Lea sees the field trips as a necessary response to decreasing federal support for research and development.
Since federal research grants are becoming more and more competitive, USA is coming up with new, innovative ways to bring research funds to the state through collaboration with other institutions. This research helps improve the quality of life for all Alabamians -- spurring advances in everything from cancer treatment to engineering to marine sciences.
USA wants to collaborate with research faculty at other state institutions in order to propose federal research plans that could lead to scientific breakthroughs, such as better health care, alternative energy sources and greater understanding of hurricanes.
USA Libraries Dean Dr. Richard Wood said that the research collaboration between USA and Auburn may also shape the next phase of the two libraries’ investigation into using technology to expedite archival processing.
“The libraries have cooperated for decades in terms of the interlibrary loaning of materials held by one library but needed by a user at the other institution,” he said. “This takes partnering to a much higher level by seeking grant opportunities that benefit both partners.”