One of the strategic objectives of the Utah State Board of Regents is “Innovative Discovery,” to encourage innovation as a core value at each institution in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). In fact, the primary task of USHE is to create and disseminate knowledge to help make Utahns well-rounded, productive citizens and increase their economic stability and overall quality of life.
USHE is committed to using the most innovative and proven practices to perform research and educate its students. Funds awarded for research and other grants are one metric for innovation at USHE campuses.
USHE institutions brought $656 million to the state in research and other grant funds during the 2014-15 academic year, an increase of 6.4% over the previous year. Institutional grants and contracts provide significant benefits to campuses and society as a whole through gains from research, innovative teaching practices and job creation. For 2014-15, USHE institutions were awarded over $656 million in total grants, with nearly $420 million of that in research grants. USHE is committed to utilizing innovative technology and teaching practices to best educate Utahns.