The Rutgers University College of Design study abroad program has produced a $50 million program for researchers who are doing research overseas.
Rutgers will spend about $75 million over the next five years to expand its international study abroad offerings.
The new project is focused on the design of new products and technologies that can be used by researchers in developing countries, as well as research and development for the development of new technologies and services for those developing countries.
The university said that the Rutgers-based project will have the potential to transform the design and manufacture of innovative new products.
It will provide a unique opportunity for Rutgers students and researchers to develop and market innovative and highly impactful products and services, said John Todhunter, associate vice president of university research and innovation.
“This will be a major catalyst for innovation in this field,” he said.
“We are not going to be able to do the work ourselves, but we are going to see this as a resource for others to take advantage of.”
The university is planning to develop a number of new initiatives over the coming years, including the Rutgers Institute for Digital Education, which will provide the Rutgers researchers with the ability to develop their own software for their projects.
Todhun said the institute will be the hub of the Rutgers Global Entrepreneurship Network, a collaboration of university partners.
The Rutgers project will be supported by a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.