SMU Fund for Lyle
Research Impact Fund
The Research Impact Fund bridges the gap between inspiration and implementation. Our faculty members generate ideas with great potential. Bringing those ideas to life often begins with funding for preliminary research and testing—critical initial steps in attracting the external funding necessary for real-world implementation. Investing in promising early-stage research can catalyze an idea into a world-changing project and elevate the school’s research profile.
Faculty Positions and Research
SMU educators are dedicated to conducting research on crucial issues and discovering new solutions that will advance scholarships, fuel scientific and technical innovation and spur economic progress and growth in the region and the nation. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has raised SMU’s classification to “high research activity” due to the University’s increasing research activity. Lyle aims to raise the bar even higher, and its faculty work to advance knowledge in a range of subjects.
Our research includes significant initiatives on issues such as cybersecurity, microbiorobotics, largescale wireless networks and improving the stability of complex environmental systems. Both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on many critical research projects, ensuring they gain valuable experiences in subjects that will continue to be the focus of future study. The SMU endowment represents a powerful and enduring source of support for the University that helps ensure SMU’s long-term financial strength and value to the faculty. Endowment funds typically provide a consistent level of support for the faculty, after a four-year maturation, which allows SMU to plan for the future. Donors often provide operational funding to support the immediate needs of the position while the long-term fund matures.