President Michael R. Lovell has prioritized a series of new university initiatives that aim to propel Marquette forward and further position it as a leader in Milwaukee and beyond. To help accomplish this, the Office of Research and Innovation was created to advance the university’s strategic initiatives around research and innovation, including its goal to double research funding by 2020, and to provide an infrastructure that supports innovative transformation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.

Offices and Initiatives

707 Hub

The 707 Hub is where ideas are shared, stretched, challenged and realized. The 707 Hub is a space designed to foster collaboration and innovation. Because anyone can be innovative, the 707 Hub is open to all students, and we encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to solving problems. Because great ideas need to be heard, the 707 Hub offers unique spaces for meetings, presentations and events. Here, you’ll find inspiration, partnerships and the knowledge to Be The Difference.

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Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is a new regional biomedical collaboration involving clinical and translational science between Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital, and Froedtert Hospital.

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Global Water Center

Marquette University in early 2016 became the final tenant to move into the Global Water Center on Freshwater Way in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. Today, on the building's sixth floor, Marquette researchers occupy approximately 8,000 of the seven-story facility's 100,000 square feet. Led by the Water Council, the Global Water Center houses water-related research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for emerging companies.

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Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship

The Kohler Center fosters new ventures, encourages innovation, and promotes entrepreneurship at Marquette University and in the Milwaukee area. It hosts and records frequent talks and presentations on various entrepreneurial topics geared to offer firsthand startup expertise.

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Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative

The Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative is a group of multidisciplinary scholars at Marquette University dedicated to understanding how Latina/o youth and adults experience well-being in the United States. Specifically, the LWRI is interested in the psychological, physical and socio-environmental factors that influence the lives of Latina/os. Our initiative is comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from various departments within Marquette University who are committed to the goals of scholarly inquiry and translation of research within this population.

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Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance provides support for institutional committees and Marquette faculty, staff and students for research involving human subjects, animal subjects, radioisotope use and research with recombinant DNA (rNDA). ORC assists researchers with navigating research regulations, provides educational programming and supports collaboration with other research institutions.

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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is Marquette University's central point of coordination for sponsored projects and the legally authorized representative for grants, contracts and assurances. ORSP represents the sum of Marquette's experience with extramural sponsors and partners over time. ORSP helps faculty and staff build bridges between Marquette and extramural sponsors and other institutions to advance the university's mission, and it fosters excellence in sponsored projects by promoting best practices, policies and procedures that ensure consistency and efficiency in our transactions with sponsors and partners.

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Social Innovation Initiative

The Social Innovation Initiative supports students, faculty, staff and community members to effectively solve problems at whatever scale is needed in their community, city, field, industry or country. We equip people with a skill set and a purpose through speakers, residencies, mentors, training programs and community partnerships, and by serving as a regional convener of like-minded agents of positive social change. The Social Innovation Initiative, which is located in the 707 Hub, has been recognized for its work by Ashoka U and designated one of 37 Changemaker Campuses worldwide.

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Women's Innovation Network

The Marquette University Women’s Innovation Network (MU-WIN) will create a comprehensive network designed to support women, and others currently under-represented in innovation and entrepreneurship activities, as innovators and leaders. One of the unique features of the network will be the vertical and horizontal integration to create institutional change. The network will link students, faculty, and staff on campus. It will also extend beyond the university boundaries to connect with local and national professional organizations for women as well as with our women alumni.

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