In 2008 the University launched its five year strategy, Aston 2012. Building on our current research strengths forms an important part of this strategy.
In 2006, Aston founded the Aston Health Research and Innovation Cluster (AHRIC) to co-ordinate health research and related activities across the University. AHRIC is not affiliated to a particular School, but acts as the agent for promoting, supporting and developing health research across the University, and with external partners. Interdisciplinary research is developing strongly at Aston, on our compact, single campus, within as well as between Schools.
International research centres
Building on the success of Aston's Health Research and Innovation Cluster and Organisational Cognitive Neuroscience Centre, we are developing a number of world class research centres with a strong international profile in areas of research strength. The Aston Brain Centre, The European Biofuels Institute and the Aston Centre for Ageing will be formally launched in the next two years. We aim to tie in with - and ultimately set - the international research agendas in these subjects.
Growing research income
The income from Aston's research has increased substantially over recent years. We will build on that success and increase our research income threefold. This will be achieved through stronger collaboration with business and industry, improving our success rate with research council funding, focusing on larger, interdisciplinary grant applications in our areas of strength, and enabling early-career researchers to make a strong start, whilst reinvigorating the research interests and income generation of mid-career staff.