HIBAR Research Alliance participants share the vision of an improved research and innovation ecosystem that better contributes to solving society’s critical problems.


The mission of the HIBAR Research Alliance is to catalyze significant expansion of collaboration between university-based researchers and non-academic participants, working together as equal partners, in order to discover new knowledge and greatly accelerate progress toward solving society’s critical problems.


The HRA has an established goal of catalyzing a system-wide increase in HIBAR research, from about one project in 20 today, to one in 5 by 2030, while strengthening all types of research excellence. This change will enable universities can become more responsive to the needs of society while strengthening their fundamental research excellence.

Bolstering HIBAR research in this way requires a key shift in the culture of the university system: Incentives in the academic system today are not ideally aligned with HIBAR research and the academic culture within universities needs to adapt in order for the HRA’s mission to be achieved. It is essential that these changes in academic culture are made in such a way that they also strengthen the commitment to research excellence and academic freedom. Carefully managed, this change is realistic and achievable.