Key 2019 Dates & Information:
Ideas Lab Informational Webinar (1 hour): July 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. pacific time
• Join Zoom URL: https://SDSU.zoom.us/j/391125975
Ideas Lab Application Due Date: Friday, August 2 before 5:00 p.m. pacific time
Participant Selection Notification: mid-August, 2019
This year's CSUPERB Ideas Lab In-Person Workshop will be held September 12-14 at Fresno State.
2019 CSUPERB Ideas Lab Request for Applications (RFA): Click Here
2019 CSUPERB Ideas Lab Application form: Click Here to Apply
CSUPERB Ideas Lab Program Goals
In CSUPERB's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, we set a goal to "advance integrative, inter-disciplinary education, and team research." Biotechnology researchers system-wide have asked CSUPERB for support developing collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects, help in building nationally competitive research teams, and convenings to explore problems worth solving for our regional communities and in the national interest.
In parallel, national funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), have increasingly called for "convergence research."
NSF defines the need this way: "The grand challenges of today -- protecting human health; understanding the food, energy, water nexus; exploring the universe at all scales -- will not be solved by one discipline alone. They require convergence: the merging of ideas, approaches and technologies from widely diverse fields of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery."
CSUPERB operates as a seed grant program, expecting that follow-on funding will be available for exciting science and nationally-competitive research-based ideas. To seed new research collaborations across the CSU and with external partners, we secured NSF funding to pilot an Ideas Lab program in 2019-2020.
Our goals for the new Ideas Lab program are to support exciting new science and build collaborative partnerships involving CSU researchers. The resulting, interdisciplinary research programs will be engaging to CSU students who increasingly seek impactful research opportunities. Like other
Ideas Labs nationwide, CSUPERB seeks to encourage the "development of multidisciplinary collaborations among researchers with expertise including but not limited to: behavioral, social, biomedical, and environmental sciences; engineering and mathematics; policy and law; business; education; the arts and humanities; or any other discipline that can provide new insights and perspectives" on a given Challenge Area. CSUPERB's goal is to build effective,
integrative research capacity across the CSU. Because CSUPERB is a biotechnology program, Challenge Areas will be selected that require bio-technologies to solve major scientific problems that affect people and our planet.
CSUPERB Ideas Lab Program Stages
Ideas Lab Participant Experience: More than a Workshop
An Ideas Lab is an "intensive, interactive, and free-thinking environment, where a diverse group of 25-35 participants from a range of disciplines and backgrounds" gather for 3 days - away from their everyday work worlds. Ideas Labs are effective when there is a highly interdisciplinary mix of participants "to drive lateral thinking and radical approaches to address research challenges." (- U. Connecticut)
An Ideas Lab workshop is an intensive, immersive process much like other workshops designed by CSUPERB. The Ideas Lab will be directed by an empathetic researcher with a significant track record of federal grant funding in the Challenge Area. The 2019 CSUPERB Ideas Lab will be facilitated by experts from
KnowInnovation, CSUPERB research mentors, and the AY 19-20 CSUPERB Ideas Lab Planning Committee. CSUPERB will invite subject matter experts to provide different perspectives to help participants develop new research questions or novel approaches.
CSU faculty members apply as individuals to the Ideas Lab. The aim is to form NEW, interdisciplinary teams during the Ideas Lab. Applicants should not apply with solutions, established teams, and/or research goals already in mind. During the Ideas Lab workshop, interdisciplinary teams will form around nascent research project ideas. After the in-person, 3-day workshop, Ideas Labs teams will be eligible to submit follow-on CSUPERB Team Seed Grant proposals. The Team Seed grants ($1000 per team member) will support the development of a collaborative, interdisciplinary research proposal targeting federal grant programs.
You can read more about Ideas Labs here:
https://nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136669 (also called Sandpits -