Maine’s reputation for research and innovation takes a monumental step forward as the state’s public research university earns a Carnegie R1 classification, UMaine joins the ranks of the top 146 doctoral research universities in the world. countries engaged in “very high research activity”.

Orono, Maine – The University of Maine has been designated an R1 university by the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The R1 designation stands for “very high research activity” in recent years and is the highest possible level a doctoral research university can achieve in the Carnegie classification. Updates are complete every three years.

Only 146 (3.7%) of the 3,982 degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the United States are ranked among the best doctoral research universities.

“The University of Maine’s research enterprise is a vital economic and educational asset to the state,” said University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy. “The R1 designation is the global standard for research universities. Through this, we will attract more talent, investment and innovation to Maine. Thanks to the dedication of our research faculty and staff at our flagship university and the strategic leadership of President Ferrini-Mundy, Vice President for Research Kody Varahramyan and their teams, Maine is becoming a global destination for discovery and research. ‘innovation.

The goal of achieving R1 status was set out in the UMS FY20-FY24 Research and Development Plan published in May 2019. President of UMaine Ferrini-Mundy, lead author of the plan, said faculty and staff had begun meeting to discuss the steps that would lead to a top research designation. Building on the work of these research colleagues and others, Ferrini-Mundy was able to present an investment and development plan for Carnegie R1 status by fiscal year 2024 at the May 2020 board meeting.

“Recognition as a leading research university is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff to understand and create knowledge,” said Ferrini-Mundy, president of UMaine and its regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias, and UMS Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation. “We are honored to be an R1 university because of what it means to Maine and invite all communities, students, innovators and entrepreneurs to join us on our journey to define tomorrow.”

“We also owe a huge thank you to our supporters, partners and the people of Maine who invest their ideas, energy and money in our research mission,” Ferrini-Mundy said. “Increasing state and federal support for research projects and infrastructure has been critical to our advancement. Since 1998, the Maine Legislature has provided vital funding through the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. Additionally, we thank Governor Mills, Senators Collins and King, and Congressmen Pingree and Golden for their continued support of Maine and its public research university.

“I congratulate the University of Maine on this monumental achievement,” Governor Janet Mills said. “This well-deserved designation reflects years of hard work by university staff, students and researchers who have improved the lives of people across Maine and strengthened and diversified our economy. I have no doubt that this R1 designation will globalize Maine’s reputation as a premier research institution and a premier destination for innovation that will bring the best and the brightest to our state.

“We congratulate the University of Maine on its well-deserved designation as one of the nation’s elite research universities, which recognizes the groundbreaking achievements and commitment to excellence of faculty, scientists, students, and staff. UMaine staff,” said Senators Collins and King and Representatives Pingree. and golden. “As an R1 university, UMaine’s educational community will continue to attract top talent, create new research opportunities, and ultimately drive new innovation.”

The road to R1 for Maine and its public research university

UMaine’s research enterprise spans the entire state, including the new UMaine Portland Gateway. And in the unified accreditation environment of the University of Maine system, faculty from other UMS universities have the opportunity to partner with UMaine researchers, allowing them to expand their own research as well as the reach and impact of the flagship product’s well-established research infrastructure.

Over the past five years, research and development spending at UMaine has increased by 80.2% to a record high of $179.3 million for 2021. External funding in support of R&D has increased 135% to $133.6 million, and UMaine reached a record number of graduate and doctoral students. registrations. To see 2021 UMaine Research Report Online.

“The R1 designation affirms that UMaine has achieved the highest Carnegie classification that identifies the best national doctoral-granting universities with very high research activity,” said Kody Varahramyan, UMaine Vice President for Research. and Dean of the Graduate School. “This is also in recognition that at UMaine we have created a modern 21st century research university, with nationally and internationally recognized programs of global impact and local relevance that meet the needs of and advance the social and economic development of Maine and beyond.”

UMaine reacts to its R1 designation

“I earned my BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from UMaine, and am now pursuing a Ph.D. in offshore wind. I am grateful for the work and study opportunities at a world-class institution that has given me have been offered and especially proud of the connections I have made with other scholars around the world.I hope to continue to support the renewable energy economy in Maine and share these experiences with future students. —Matt Fowler, Ph.D. student originally from Près Isle, Maine and research engineer at Center for Advanced Structures and Composites

“This achievement is a reflection of the efforts of our entire university community, years of preparation. The dedication of our past and current students, faculty, staff, and administrators to research excellence through the recruitment of exceptional faculty and staff, the development of excellent graduate programs, and a supportive environment and infrastructure to continued growth and success has led to UMaine being officially recognized as an R1 research institution. — Melissa Maginnis, associate professor of microbiology at UMaine Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

“For the University of Maine, achieving an R1 classification is a clear and critically important recognition of the quality of research, the importance and problem-solving ability of researchers, and the support structure at the research that we have in our university.” — Paul Mayewski, professor and director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine

“This is an impressive achievement resulting from strategic leadership and vision, and strong collaboration and dedication from our UMaine community – administrators, faculty, researchers, students, and partners. Being an R1 recognizes the talent, productivity, innovation, creativity and collaborative culture of our university. — Sandra De Urioste-Stone, Assistant Vice-President for Research, Associate Professor in UMaine School of Forest Resources

“This is a very proud moment for all of us in Maine, as it places UMaine in the top 4% of research colleges and universities. The R1 designation recognizes the transformational green energy and materials research taking place at UMaine, including offshore wind power, sustainable forest-derived materials, large-scale 3D printing technology for boats and housing, the most durable and lightweight composite decks currently exported from Maine. All of these projects address some of our most pressing issues while stimulating economic development and providing practical and relevant learning experiences for our students. Joining this elite rank puts UMaine on the map as one of the great research universities in the country.” — Habib Dagher, Executive Director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center

“Simply put, AIT Bridges wouldn’t exist without UMaine. We’ve worked hand-in-hand with the university for more than a decade to commercialize composite arch bridge systems and components developed at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center of UMaine, building our business in Brewer with a staff including many engineers from UMaine. The university is a critical partner in innovation and talent and we are delighted to have their capabilities recognized by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. — Brit Svoboda ’76, President and CEO of Advanced infrastructure technologies

About the Carnegie® Classification

the Carnegie Ranking® has been the primary framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in American higher education for the past four and a half decades. Beginning in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie classification was originally published in 1973, then updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2018 and 2021 to reflect changes between colleges and universities. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a means of representing and controlling for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of institutions, students or sampled teachers.

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