Research and Innovation

The Office of Research and Innovation works to advance the university’s strategic initiatives around research and innovation and to provide an infrastructure that supports idea generation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization across campus. The office oversees a variety of functional areas, including research compliance and sponsored programs, and several key initiatives, such as Marquette's NSF-funded ADVANCE initiative, The Explorer Challenge, the 707 Hub powered by Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiative, the Institute for Women's Leadership, the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center.


Current Announcements

Explorer Challenge Kick off and Celebration Event - Wednesday October 11th 2023, 3:30-5PM in the 707 hub. 

The kick-off celebration will feature presentations from this year’s four awardees, as well as information on how Marquette community members can propose their own projects for the upcoming competition. The competition will continue to focus on incorporating inclusive practices into the project proposals.

To register, click here for the Eventbrite link.

Explorer Challenge Ideas Fest - Tuesday October 17th 2023, 3:30-4:30PM 

Students, faculty and staff are invited to share ideas and network with other innovators. For those interested in applying to the Explorer Challenge, Ideas Fest is an excellent opportunity to meet others with similar ideas, build an Explorer Challenge team and run ideas by the Innovation Council. Innovative ideas submitted to the Explorer Challenge can earn seed money up to $25,000.  

Please email for an invitation.

The President's and Chancellor’s Challenge: A Crosstown Collaboration to Address Poverty between Marquette University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

The President’s and Chancellor’s Challenge provides funding for innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative work that addresses critical issues and opportunities facing the City of Milwaukee. 

Learn more about previous winners here.


Research News

Faculty honored at Distinguished Scholars Program

Twelve faculty members were honored Tuesday at the Distinguished Scholars Program, which recognizes faculty for outstanding achievement in research and scholarship.