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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 21, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 40
Framework for the Future Committee Receives 74 Proposals

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

The Framework for the Future's Discovery Working Group is currently reviewing 74 proposals submitted in response to Provost Kristina Johnson's call for initiatives in research, scholarship, creativity, teaching and practice that have the capacity to make major breakthroughs at the boundaries and frontiers of disciplinary knowledge.

In May, Johnson and President William R. Brody initiated Framework for the Future, a strategic planning process intended to engage the university community in thinking about what Johns Hopkins needs to do to maintain its leadership in research, discovery, education and practice, while continuing to positively influence a global society.

The Discovery Working Group, which is facilitated by Michela Gallagher, vice provost for academic affairs, will identify and recommend a portfolio of initiatives to present to the Provost's Strategic Planning Steering Committee, chaired by Johnson.

Gallagher said that the working group was very pleased by the response.

"This process is a testimonial to the enterprising academic culture at Johns Hopkins and the creative minds of our faculty," she said. "In addition to an impressive number of submitted proposals, there is enormous breadth and innovation in crosscutting initiatives."

Gallagher said that the group expects to post the proposal abstracts on the Framework Web site within the next week or two.

As announced earlier, the Provost's Office will provide start-up funding in the form of planning/seed grants of up to $200,000 per year for three years to ignite new areas and strengthen existing ones where cross-disciplinary interactions make a major difference.

The overall goal of the Framework planning process, Johnson said, "is to develop an integrated and inspired plan that articulates a shared vision for what will define a great university in the 21st century." It sets academic priorities for deepening the university's excellence and further differentiating JHU from its peers, and invests in crosscutting initiatives to ensure greater global impact.

Additional information on the proposals and the selection process is available at


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