The Institute of Bioscience and Social Research, housed in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Akron, is dedicated to the “creation of knowledge and application of research that benefits humankind." The Institute (formerly known as the Institute of Health and Social Policy) was renamed in June 2011 as part of the initial phase of a redesign of its mission and focus.
Since its opening in 1999, the Institute’s staff and researchers have brought in more than $35 million in grants and contracts. In 2001, IHSP’s internationally known researchers received the largest grant in The University of Akron’s history to that point—a $13.7 million dollar grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
As the needs of the region as well as those of the University of Akron and its faculty have evolved over this time period, so has the Institute. During 2011-12 the Institute has undergone a number of changes, as reflected in its name change. In keeping with its focus on benefiting humankind, the Institute’s commitment is twofold. First, we strive to support UA’s expanding research base in the biosciences and social research by providing infrastructure upon which UA researchers can build. In addition, the Institute continues to provide seed funding to researchers to energize the expansion of funded research benefiting society. Second, we are committed to connecting cutting-edge researchers in the biosciences and social sciences with community partners in need of their expertise. The Institute takes pride in the invaluable staff and dedicated researchers who have contributed to its founding and growth, and encourage all those who seek to benefit humankind through the application of research to join us as we build the future of a new, even better, Institute.