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Our Vision includes initiatives that will expand Stanford's excellence in research and scholarship by attracting and supporting outstanding faculty and researchers from diverse backgrounds, and providing cutting-edge tools and shared resources to empower discovery and creativity across the arts, humanities, social sciences, science and engineering.

These initiatives also explicitly embed ethics in innovation to ensure that discoveries and ideas born at Stanford produce benefits for the world and bring humanities to the fore, because a rapidly changing world requires us to continually reinterpret the human experience.

Empowering Discovery and Creativity

New knowledge and new ways of thinking underlie advances that benefit our world, including technologies and innovations, policies and solutions to societal challenges and arts that transform and enliven our lives. 

Changing Human Experience

This initiative fosters research in the humanities and social sciences that explores our changing world, including our changing bodies, minds, globe and political structures. It also includes the Public Humanities, which helps humanities and social science faculty reach an audience outside academia through trade books, op-eds, media interviews, public speaking, magazine stories and other outlets.


Arts Incubator

The Arts Incubator will nurture the development of transformative new work by cultivating creative research, interdisciplinary knowledge production and meaningful collaboration among students, faculty and visiting artists who are working at the forefront of artistic innovation.

Stanford Science Fellows

This program supports postdoctoral scholars who are pursuing independent research in the natural sciences. By allowing scholars the freedom to work with any collaborators within or outside of Stanford it will cultivate new directions in foundational scientific research and bridge disciplines in the physical, mathematical and life sciences. 


Strategic Platforms

The Strategic Platforms provide shared resources and facilities to enable fluid interdisciplinary research teams, including equipment shared amongst diverse groups, expertise to support new research directions and funding for faculty creating new platforms.

The Digital Future

Rapid scientific and technological change in recent decades has created both opportunities and disruptions. People see societal problems—such as inequality and lack of privacy—partly as a result of that technological change. Solving that problem will require considering the societal and ethical impact of our digital future through a human-centered approach.  

Stanford institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

HAI is dedicated to guiding and building the future of artificial intelligence (AI) with a mission of advancing AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. The institute focuses on developing AI technologies inspired by human intelligence; guiding, forecasting and studying the human and societal impact of AI; and designing and creating AI applications that augment human capabilities.


Data Science

By weaving the new power of data science into the fabric of Stanford's research and teaching enterprises, the initiative will harness the exponential growth of data to tackle problems across fields of study from the humanities and social sciences to natural science and medicine.


Ethics, Society and Technology

We have a responsibility to ensure that the values we teach and the knowledge and innovations we produce through our research benefits all of society.

Ethics, Society and Technology Hub

The hub will embed ethics into how we teach, conduct research and develop solutions, deploying centralized resources campus-wide.