Global Impact Initiative
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years.
But today, the world requires more from us. The pace is faster and the problems more complex. The ability to anticipate change and respond nimbly is crucial, and it will differentiate the 21st century’s leading institutions of higher education.
Through the MSU Global Impact Initiative, MSU plans to recruit more than 100 new faculty investigators to our research team to help accelerate finding solutions to the recognized “Grand Challenges.”
This comprehensive investment will focus new and enhanced research endeavors around energy, health, education, the environment, national security, and global development. Concurrently, this initiative will propel Michigan State University forward, allowing us to aggressively pursue big ideas, innovation, and global impact.
We invite you to learn more and share our enthusiasm as we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.
In June 2014, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the Academic Competitiveness Fund (ACF) to provide resources for hiring tenure system faculty who will enhance the national and international excellence and competitiveness of MSU as a research university. From this resource, the Global Impact Initiative was launched with a goal to recruit 100 new faculty in some of the most exciting new areas of research.
The Global Impact Initiative (GI2) continues to make excellent progress in bringing the best and brightest faculty to MSU. Over the last seven years, the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Innovation have worked with individual colleges and departments to conduct searches focused on key areas of innovation, such as machine learning, precision medicine, computational genomics, autonomous vehicles, advanced materials, gene-editing, advanced plant science, and more. To date, 96 positions have been filled, with candidates hired from Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Johns Hopkins University, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and many other top institutions.
Phase two of the initiative (GII 2.0), kicked off in 2022 and will align new positions with research thrusts outlined in MSU 2030 Strategic Plan.