NJIT Strategic Research Plan

Research is an integral part of a strong academic experience. The 2020 Vision plan identifies “Scholarly Research” as a strategic priority. The “Strategic Research Plan” aligned with 2020 Vision focuses on achieving a national and international prominence in research through new discoveries, and basic, applied and translational research.

The 2020 Vision Plan establishes the strategic priority on “Scholarly Research” with the following goals:

“NJIT will achieve a national and international presence in research. The faculty of NJIT will be engaged in increasing knowledge in their respective fields by participating in innovative, prominent research and creative work. The university will provide the necessary and full support administratively, technologically and materially in order to assist the faculty in achieving their full professional potential. To inspire the most creative innovative research, multidisciplinary approaches will be supported and facilitated.”


NJIT Research Clusters

A seamless integration of collaborative synergy at all levels with faculty, staff and students will be developed. With the goal of significantly enhancing the external academic research funding, the NJIT Strategic Research Plan has been developed through the collective input from faculty, chairs and deans.   The Strategic Research Plan identifies NJIT research enterprise into13 research focus groups that are organized in four research clusters. These research clusters with a target of 20 multidisciplinary research centers and 5-6 interdisciplinary research institutes are:

  1. Life Sciences and Engineering: Life Sciences and Engineering research cluster includes both basic and applied research in the areas of neuroscience, neural engineering, regenerative medicine, and point of care technologies. Research at NJIT includes understanding functions of brain and spinal cord under normal, injured, and diseased states at molecular, cellular and functional levels through experimental, theoretical and computational methods. Regenerative medicine research deals with the process of replacing regenerating cells, tissues or organs to restore normal functions. The cluster also represents healthcare information system and managements involving primary care, hospitals and emergency care resources and protocols. The cluster includes research areas that are well aligned with NAE and NAS Grand challenges, Reverse Engineer the Brain, Tools for Scientific Discovery and Engineer Better Medicine.
  2. Sustainable Systems: This cluster represents research areas in urban ecology and sustainability, advanced materials and nanotechnologies, and smart manufacturing systems.  Urban ecology and sustainability area emphasizes on sustainable infrastructure, ecological communities, and urban modeling and simulation. The area also focuses on water-energy nexus to investigate impact of ocean levels on the environments, and developing technologies for clean water and energy resources such as biofuel cells. The scope of Nanotechnology is to understand all science and engineering phenomenon at the minutest and fundamental level to develop technologies for environmental and pharmaceutical applications.  The interdisciplinary group on engineered material and particulates focuses on technology development for preparation, processing and use of engineered particulate materials and their composites for a spectrum of applications. The research in manufacturing systems group is focused on developing new methods and technologies for design innovation and process automation. One of the specific emphases is to develop new processes, and tools for pharmaceutical manufacturing. The NAE and NAS Grand challenges covered by this research cluster incudes Solar Energy, Energy from Fusion, Clean Water and Urban Infrastructure. 
  3. Data Science and Information Technology: This research cluster includes the study and practice of extracting information and knowledge from data that can then be used for medical, finance, science and engineering applications. The focus groups in this cluster are engaged in bioinformatics, medical informatics, image processing and data mining, solar terrestrial physics, transportation, finance management, and life sciences and healthcare. Cybersecurity group studies how to design cyber systems so they are secure, and how to improve the cyber Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is shaping many aspects of the society and economy, and is evolving rapidly to provide access to unprecedented amounts of information anytime and anywhere from any device. Currently, there are 7.4 billion mobile devices connected throughout the globe with more than Global mobile data traffic reached 2.5 Exabytes per month.  It is expected that by the year 2050 more than 100 billion devices will be connected across the globe. The scope of the proposed cluster addresses NEA and NAS Grand Challenges including Secure Cyberspace, Virtual Reality, and Tools for Scientific Discovery.
  4. Transdisciplinary Areas: This cluster includes research focus groups and centers on mathematical sciences, transportation systems and science and technology impact in society. All of these three areas have broader multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scope over large number of applications including life sciences, smart cities, and societal behavior and developing enabling technologies for market needs. The scope of the proposed cluster addresses NEA and NAS Grand Challenges including Urban Infrastructure, Smart Transportation, Tools for Scientific Discovery, Advanced Personalized Learning.