Federal funding fuels our institution. However, we are operating in a time of undeniable fiscal uncertainty, and so our reliance on federally sponsored research funding leaves us vulnerable to further reductions. The university must continue to develop forward-looking strategies to enhance our competitiveness for federal funding while we diversify our relationships with nonfederal resources for research support.
To this end, the university has expanded its connections with a broader constellation of partners: the private sector, through a sweeping new set of investments in innovation and entrepreneurship; the state of Maryland, through the new E-Nnovation program and a new high performance computing center; and an expanded range of federal agencies, such as those involved in military health. Many of these efforts are in their early stages, but of central importance to each in the coming years will be the deep integration of the work into the academic, research, service, and clinical missions of the university.