HRA articles and reports

The HIBAR Research Alliance: Reinvigorating research for the 21st century

Published by Research Outreach, November 2021

How can the research ecosystem be improved so that it better contributes to solving the critical problems facing society today? That’s the motivating question behind an alliance of universities and other research organisations which believes that an answer lies in carrying out more Highly Integrative Basic And Responsive (HIBAR) research projects – efforts that are both basic and use-inspired, and bring together academic and external experts as equal partners.

 

HIBAR Research: The Frontier Is Actually an Ecosystem

by Marc-David L. Seidel, Lyle H. Schwartz, Gretchen B. Jordan, published in Issues in Science and Technology, August 2020

The recently proposed Endless Frontier Act (S. 3832) seeks to revitalize America’s global leadership in technological innovation. The act correctly recognizes that the nation’s capability in science, technology, and innovation is a tremendous resource, one that is spread across many institutions spanning academia, government, and the private sector. The HRA Management Group suggests slight changes in language in the act that can help to accelerate innovation by enabling HIBAR research projects.

 

Re-Invigorating HIBAR Research for the 21st Century: Enhancing Fundamental Research Excellence In Service to Society

by Lorne Whitehead, Scott Slovic, and Janet Nelson, published in National Academy of Inventors: Technology & Innovation 21(2), March 2020

Universities should make a significant contribution toward compensating for the overall reduction in breakthrough research in corporate laboratories by re-emphasizing long-term, application-oriented research, while at the same time taking great care to strengthen fundamental research.

 

Co-operative research revolution could answer call to transform science and society

by Lorne Whitehead, Creso Sa, Daniel Sarewitz, Marc-David L. Seidel, and Michele Mossman, published in The Conversation Canada, October 2017

Universities must, and definitely can, evolve to a better new normal in how research is discussed, valued, and rewarded. Clearly this transformation will require great effort. But unlike previous failed change attempts, this one has all the necessary components for success.

 

Workshop Report: HIBAR Research Alliance Workshop I of II (2017)

Report archived in the University of British Columbia Digital Repository; DOI: 10.14288/1.0379413 (2017)

The strategy for the HIBAR Research Alliance was developed during two workshops, the first of which was held in October, 2017 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

 

Workshop Report: HIBAR Research Alliance Workshop II of II (2018)

Report archived in the University of British Columbia Digital Repository; DOI: 10.14288/1.0379414 (2018)

The strategy for the HIBAR Research Alliance was developed during two workshops, the second of which was held in March, 2018 at the University of California San Diego, funded by the US National Science Foundation.

 

Workshop Report: Advancing Highly Integrated Basic and Applied Research (2017)

Report archived in the University of British Columbia Digital Repository; DOI: 10.14288/1.0379213 (2017)

This first workshop was held at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) headquarters in Washington in January, 2017. The name HIBAR was proposed by participants at this event, and the group achieved a broad consensus on the definition of HIBAR research and the need to bolster it.