What We Do

Arete is UChicago’s Research Accelerator

Even though idea generation is central to what we do as a university, truly novel research can be a risky business. Some of the most promising research initiatives never get off the ground for a variety of reasons. Difficulties with funding, a lack of collaborators, and bureaucracy can be stumbling blocks.

Arete was founded in 2007 as an experiment to explore whether there was a better way to systematically support multidisciplinary research. Today, we partner with faculty and university leaders to build research initiatives with lasting significance.

What We Work On

We seek out unique projects across all fields of research that are too complex for a single faculty member, department, or division. We also run the Big Ideas Generator (BIG)—a platform to systematically identify, fund, and support the long-term growth of early-stage, breakthrough ideas in basic research.


Our Expertise

Strategy

We offer customized advisory services designed to turn your ideas into action. Whether it’s launching a new initiative, responding to research setbacks, communicating your vision to university leaders, or understanding the current landscape and identifying your unique contribution, we are your partners during pivotal moments.

Collaboration

Our deep network of connections can help you open doors, build strong teams, and establish creative partnerships both within the university and beyond.

Funding

We can help you secure support along the continuum of your project: from nascent idea to multimillion-dollar research program. Our team will work with you to create and implement customized funding strategies for foundations, federal agencies, and industry.


Our Approach

IDEA Establish key success variables: novelty, timing, leadership, fundability, university support Scale Build internal support from divisions and university leadershipPitch ideas to external stakeholders and fundersSecure external funding Validation Identify key collaborators, funding opportunities and partnershipsProvide competitive analyses of peer institutions and programs Launch Guide early-stage organizational developmentRecruit exceptional leaders SEED Secure proof-of-concept fundingRespond to research setbacksSupport research proposal development


Our Approach

SEED Secure proof-of-concept funding Respond to research setbacks Support research proposal development Scale Gather internal support from divisions and university leadership Pitch ideas to external stakeholders and funders Secure external funding Launch Guide early-stage organizational development Recruit exceptional leaders IDEA Establish key success variables: novelty, timing, leadership, fundability, university support  Validation Identify key collaborators, funding opportunities and partnerships Provide competitive analyses of peer institutions and programs