Search for Director for I3R

The University of Arkansas seeks a Founding Director for the newly established Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R). In July 2020, the University received a $194.7 million Phase II grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to establish I3R and provide for the construction of a new research building to house major portions of the Institute. The Institute will be endowed as a core catalyst for cross-disciplinary innovation and commercialization of research, helping the U of A become a destination for the nation’s top researchers, subject-matter experts, and scientists from academia and industry. A talented and experienced research and commercialization leader is sought for the endowed Directorship of I3R and to shape this visionary trans-disciplinary institute.

The University of Arkansas is at the heart of one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Northwest Arkansas, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a Top 5 place to live in the nation, is a hub for innovation, home to multiple Fortune 500 companies and a thriving art scene that are all steps away from outdoor adventure in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The U of A’s economic impact contributes more than $2.2 billion to the state economy each year. The University of Arkansas brings a commitment to building an inclusive and diverse community both within the campus and in the state’s economic ecosystem more broadly. This is a long-term commitment with recently launched projects and programs designed to expose systemic inequities and build specific, meaningful actions to address them.

The U of A is the state’s only public, top-tier research university and boasts an enrollment approaching 28,000 with annual research expenditures exceeding $172.5 million. The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top 3 percent of U.S. universities with the highest level of research activity. With 10 colleges and schools, and more than 50 research centers and institutes, the University of Arkansas is poised to grow its collaborative, innovative research and land-grant mission well into the future.


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