Centers of Excellence
As the state seeks to establish direction and to build momentum on S&T policy, it should consider an approach with a successful track record both here and in other states: Research Centers of Excellence. The approach to Research Centers of Excellence has evolved considerably since the 1980s, when the concept first emerged in Massachusetts. Those fledging efforts (e.g., Dukakis-era Innovation Centers) were disconnected from the state’s institutions of higher education – the engine of Massachusetts’ innovation economy. This discussion draft explores the challenges, opportunitities, and vision for Research Centers of Excellence in Massachusetts over the next decade.