In September 2017, Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, announced the inception of the Science & Technology Strategy 2030 study. The study’s objective is to update the Air Force’s methods for conducting research and development to meet the projected National Security challenges of 2030.

Northwestern University proposes to contribute toward this effort by leading a Business Organization and Processes Study focusing on identifying effective business processes and structures to manage innovative research organizations, including exploitation of rapidly developing science and technology.

Northwestern University will host a workshop to engage partners from universities, industry, and government to present and discuss the latest best practices, methods, processes, and organization structures in development to prioritize, manage, and drive innovative research.

This workshop will be hosted at the Hilton Orrington/Evanston Hotel in Evanston, Illinois from June 1 – June 2, 2018.


Thought leaders from industry and academia involved in business strategy and organization structure for research enterprises are encouraged to attend. The conference will engage experts in four strategic research themes:

  • Identifying Research Areas
  • Return on Investment
  • Organization Structure
  • Strategy

Learn more about these research themes.