To enhance its potential as a world leader in research, the University will make strategic investments in disciplines that form the building blocks for innovation—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Supported by a $100 million gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, we will establish a series of prominent institutes—the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering—which will catalyze teamwork across departments, labs, and clinics, and position us at the forefront of the next wave of scientific revolution.

“With a concentrated focus and investment through initiatives like STEM@UM, Miami can become the scientific hub of the Americas.”

Ashutosh Agarwal


  • Advance work in the basic and applied sciences and engineering through new problem-based academic clusters. These clusters will be championed by a renowned leader, have the potential to attract external funding, and draw upon a series of disciplines to address a specific societal problem. For example, environmental engineering, chemistry, ecology, and geological sciences could together address the global challenges of sea- level rise or access to fresh drinking water.
  • Launch a series of scholarly institutes to host the problem-based academic clusters, and convene faculty and resources from a variety of schools and colleges, including the humanities
  • Review existing institutional structures for teaching and research in science and engineering to maximize quality, impact, and innovation
  • Recruit talented faculty members to lead and energize research in the new institutes and in STEM fields
  • Build new facilities to enhance interdisciplinary work in STEM fields, including shared office, research, and other spaces to convene students, staff, and faculty across disciplines
  • Draw on external expertise from prominent science and engineering leaders to inform and advance this initiative
The accountable lead for the STEM@UM initiative is the executive vice president and provost.