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Research Leadership

The leadership of SUNY Research

SUNY is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. From medicine and renewable energy to social science and technology, our groundbreaking contributions are changing the world and propelling New York State to the forefront of discovery and innovation. The Research Foundation for SUNY supports nearly $1 billion in research activity annually. With multiple branches of leadership helping steer the research activity, SUNY works to empower faculty and students towards improving and transforming lives.

Vice Presidents for Research

Vice Presidents for Research oversee all aspects of research on their campuses. As a group, they collaborate on research projects and meet regularly to discuss research and innovation activities at their campuses to share information and best practices.


Research Council

The SUNY Research Council is an advisory council to the SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY System Administration, campus leadership teams, and the leadership team of Research Foundation (RF) for SUNY. The Research Council provides deep and broad thinking and advice in research, innovation and graduate education to SUNY. The work of the Council informs strategic planning at SUNY’s Office of Research and Economic Development and the SUNY RF.


Research Fellows

The SUNY Research Fellows program is a system-wide program that produces research and analysis aligned with SUNY's key strategic initiatives and goals. Fellows develop strong working relationships within the SUNY research community and works closely with campus vice presidents for research and faculty members from across the SUNY system.


Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Appointed by SUNY Board of Trustees, Dr. Grace Wang has served as Senior Vice Chancellor and previously as Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development since January 2017. In this role, Dr. Wang plays a lead role in designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY’s research, graduate education, industry relations, and economic development activities. She supports the SUNY Chancellor in advancing SUNY’s overall strategy and mission, and serves as a liaison to the SUNY Board of Trustees in the areas of research and economic development. She is committed to supporting SUNY research faculty and coordinates the SUNY Research Council, and Vice Presidents for Research Council.

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