Rutgers & the Big Ten Academic Alliance Universities

Rutgers is proud to be a member of a preeminent academic group whose roots are found in the elite research universities of the American Midwest. The Big Ten Academic Alliance is an academic consortium of 14 top-tier universities. These universities conduct $10.5 billion in funded research annually.

Collaborative Research

Working on everything from improving outcomes for those injured in wars and cleaning up nuclear waste to developing more efficient electronics and traveling the globe to identify promising biofuels, Rutgers looks forward to continuing these research collaborations with other Alliance schools.

Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM)

AFIRM comprises two civilian research consortia that work with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research to develop advanced treatment options for severely wounded servicemen and women. One is led by Rutgers and the Cleveland Clinic (Northwestern and the University of Michigan are in this consortium) and the other is led by Wake Forest University and the McGowan Institute.

Center for Visualization and Data Analytics

Purdue and Rutgers colead this international research and education group involved in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security center to create methods and tools to analyze and manage vast amounts of information for all mission areas of homeland security. Purdue oversees an effort called VACCINE and the University of Illinois is a partner on the Rutgers initiative, CCICADA.

Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP)

This U.S. Department of Energy-funded group advances cost-effective, safe cleanup of the nation’s nuclear weapons production facility waste sites. The consortium's members are Vanderbilt University (lead institution), Georgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, New York University School of Law, Oregon State University, Rutgers, University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Global Institute for Bioexploration (GIBEX)

Established by Rutgers and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the institute promotes ethical, natural product-based pharmacological bioexploration to benefit human health and the environment while fostering increased economic and educational activities in developing countries.

Greater Library Services

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Initiatives focus on optimizing members' access to library resources; saving money, time and space; and helping library staff work together to develop creative solutions to shared challenges.

These efforts translate into significant benefits for Rutgers students and faculty.


Every Alliance school employs accomplished scholars who earned academic degrees at Rutgers. And Rutgers is home to faculty with degrees from every school in the consortium. Among some notable connections:

  • Jack Bratich: Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers; Ph.D. University of Illinois
  • Robert Denver: Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan; B.S. Rutgers
  • Wheeler Winston Dixon: Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Department of English, University of Nebraska; B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Rutgers
  • Sanford Goldberg: Professor, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern; B.A. Rutgers
  • William Kirwan: Former Chancellor, University System of Maryland; M.A., Ph.D. Rutgers
  • Jens Ludwig: Director, Crime Lab, University of Chicago; B.A. Rutgers
  • Mark Riley: Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska; M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers
  • Stephanie Sanders: Chair, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University; M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers
  • Lea Stewart: Acting Chair, Department of Communication, Rutgers; Ph.D. Purdue
  • Carl Van Horn: Founding Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers; Ph.D. The Ohio State University
  • Wise Young: Founding Director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers; Ph.D. Iowa