Research mission


We are committed to ensuring that Wayne State University becomes a world leader in discovery and knowledge application. We will increase strategic integrative research and nurture the broad ecosystem for scholarly inquiry, discovery, creativity, and knowledge application by leveraging our academic strengths, community engagement mission, and urban location. We believe that the research ecosystem is a key driver for economic growth, for the revitalization of Detroit, and for addressing real-world challenges in a rapidly evolving urban environment. We further believe that engaging students at all levels enhances our research mission, as well as their engagement in the university and preparation for careers.

The members of the Division of Research view their role in the context of Wayne State University's mission as a national research university within a diverse urban setting.  We are dedicated to providing the students, faculty and staff of Wayne State University with the best available resources to achieve the highest standards of research and scholarship.  These resources include leadership, information, guidance and support.

We accept the challenge of providing leadership in the development of new strategies of scholarship, including those which take full advantage of the strengths of interdisciplinary.  We participate fully in partnership between our diverse urban community and Wayne State University, a nationally recognized center of excellence in research.  We communicate with pride the academic achievements of our university community which enhance the personal, social and economic well-being of the members of our large community.

Our best indicators of success are recognized scholarship, research productivity, and the transfer of knowledge to our students and the community.  We evaluate multiple indicators of accomplishment against national norms and an internal commitment to continuous improvements.