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Working together to increase research and scholarly output by 50 percent in 5 years

UH Preeminence: 50-in-5 is a new university-wide program focused on increasing our research and scholarly output 50 percent by 2023. This includes the doubling of our national centers from five to 10.

Our Goal

President Khator announced a bold new initiative to advance the University of Houston beyond a comprehensive research institution to better position it for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The AAU includes 62 of the most distinguished research universities across the country.

Provost Paula Short and Vice President for Research Amr Elnashai have partnered with college leadership, the faculty senate and faculty leaders throughout the University to determine metrics and alternative measures for every discipline that would significantly improve UH’s position for AAU membership.

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President Khator, Provost Short and VP Elnashai discuss the goals of the 50-in-5 campaign and the importance of the initiative for the faculty and students.

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Measures that Matter

Every college has determined metrics that matter in moving specific disciplines to the next level of scholarly output. Here is a collection of measures that will help University of Houston be competitive for AAU Membership.
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Resources for Faculty

McAllister & Quinn

UH has engaged with McAllister and Quinn, a DC-based firm specialized in large grants consulting, to identify funding opportunities, assist with major proposal development, and provide tailored training in complex proposal preparation. There will be opportunities for all faculty to participate in concept papers, calls for proposals and other initiatives.

As opportunities arise, emails will go out to all faculty.

Internal Awards

UH offers many internal awards for faculty to support a variety of scholarly activity, including center planning, grants for new faculty, support for small projects, and funding for equipment and thrust-focused research.

Memberships in National Organizations

  • 1Nobel Prize-winner
  • 15National Academy of Engineering members
  • 4National Academy of Science members
  • 1National Academy of Education member
  • 21American Law Institute members
  • 11National Academy of Inventors members

Scholarly Output


Our fall 2016 faculty cohort published over 1,630 publications in the 2017 calendar year.


Faculty received 113,524 citations over the five-year period from 2012-2016.

global partnerships

Faculty participate in international research collaborations in over 90 Countries

Faculty Awards

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NSF CAREER Winners: 60 since 1986


Fulbright Faculty: 27 since 2011-2012

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Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers: 4

Research and Innovation

  • 177MResearch Expenditures (FY18)
  • 32Patents (FY18)
  • #67In the top 100 Global Universities for U.S. Utility Patents
  • #1Top royalty-earning institution in the U.S. (without a med school)