“With this gift, we will help prepare University of Houston students to thrive in the global marketplace. Strong faculty leadership is paramount to the University’s success. This new wave of outstanding faculty will build upon the University’s already exceptional faculty. We believe that this investment will continue the process of motivating students and benefit our great city of Houston through work in the classrooms, institutes and labs.”
CREATING A NEW ERA IN 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION
The University is launching a transformational initiative to propel our academic enterprise to unprecedented levels of distinction. Funded by an anonymous donor, Aspire Fund: The $50 Million Challenge is a matching fund that encourages the UH community to contribute to the University’s bold future in research and scholarship. Gifts, combined with a one-to-one match from the anonymous donor and potential matching funds from the state, will enable the University to increase the number of Endowed Chairs and Professorships, fueling our learning environment through heightened knowledge, innovation and discovery.
“The Aspire Fund will usher in a new era for the University and serve as a catalyst for unparalleled Growth, redefining our idea of what is possible for our University, our city, and the world.”
President, University of Houston
SUPPORTING BOUNDLESS INNOVATION
The new Endowed Chairs and Professorships will lead four new Universitywide institutes specializing in the following areas:
- Population Health
- Sustainable Energy and Energy Security
- Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities
- Global Engagement
UNDERSTANDING HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS
The donor will provide a one-to-one match for approved, additional gifts designated to Aspire Fund: The $50 Million Challenge. The University of Houston will seek Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) funds for the anonymous and naming donor gifts, which would be added to the permanent endowment fund for the Chairs and Professorships. Additionally, the University will seek Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) funds for an appropriate match for a qualifying Endowed University Chair or Professorship.
Participation in Aspire Fund: The $50 Million Challenge will position the University to remain a central driver in delivering purposeful and deliberate research output that engages students and the greater community, boosts economic development and improves the quality of life for all, especially the underserved. The University will be able to cultivate an enriched learning environment, attracting top talent and engaging students in distinct areas that affect our region and beyond.
NEW INSTITUTES LAUNCHED THROUGH ASPIRE FUND
Aspire Institute for Sustainable Energy and Energy Security
Sustainable development of energy will require sustainable energy generation solutions. This institute will focus on enablers like efficient transmission, new grid technologies and energy storage. Students will learn effective methods for managing carbon emissions and optimizing energy sources from wind, waves, solar and hydrocarbons, which will be critical for sustainable global development.
Aspire Institute for Health Care Innovation
Precision medicine can transform society only if it can be translated and applied to a broad population. By understanding how advances in genomics, proteomics and drug delivery can impact certain population groups, this institute will engage students in determining real-world solutions for today’s most prevalent population health challenges.
Aspire Institute for Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities
Infrastructure is a critical challenge for the continued economic growth of the nation. Through this institute, the University of Houston will make a significant investment in deploying new technologies for renewal, optimization and automation efforts. Students will learn how these emerging technologies will enhance local and global economies and quality of life for all citizens.
Aspire Institute for Global Engagement
University of Houston students must be positioned to navigate effectively as global citizens and to interact with other prominent cultures and emerging economies. This institute will direct faculty on the effective methods to help students understand and appreciate cultural differences.