The Emergence and Impact of Regional Research University Collaborations: The Rapidly Changing Landscape in University Research and Innovation

R. V. Duncan et al. note that regional universities are experiencing rapid growth in their research impact and overall significance, contributing to positive social change. They highlight collaborations between national laboratories and major research universities, particularly those emphasizing nearby educational institutions, that are expanding state-of-the-art research facilities in previously under-capitalized regions. They also suggest that many regional research universities, including the University of South Florida, are both Carnegie R1 and Minority Serving Institutions, especially R1 and Hispanic Serving Institutions, indicating a potential for increased influence, impact, and prestige in response to shifting demographics in the United States.