The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is a centralized administrative unit facilitating the scholarly and research enterprise of the faculty. It also facilitates in enhancing the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience. A number of Institutes, Centers and, units most notably the Graduate School, the Office of Undergraduate Research and service related entities such as the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and the Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization & Development (OIPCD) report directly to ORED. These units have their own strategic plans that interdigitates with the ORED strategic plan. This plan closely aligns with the LSU Flagship 2020 goals, viz., Discovery, Learning, Diversity and Engagement.
Based on unanimous recommendations of representatives from research campuses statewide, FIRST Louisiana has been adopted by the Board of Regents, the coordinating and planning authority for higher education. FIRST Louisiana provides the organizing framework for the research component of the Regents Master Plan for Higher Education, which will target research foci and investment for the coming decade. The plan is also an integral part of the research and economic development component of the Louisiana Gaining Resources and Autonomies for Diplomas (GRAD) Act, a law proposed by the Governor and enacted by the legislature in 2010 to measure campus performance and success.
Fostering Innovation through Research in Science and Technology in Louisiana (FIRST Louisiana) is a statewide plan that will help chart directions for institutional planning and provide a foundation for a comprehensive statewide approach to science and technology research, development and innovation. This framework will guide Louisiana’s post-secondary education research community and industrial and public-sector partners to strategically increase research productivity and build capacity in areas of long-term importance to the State.