CALS Research Innovation Challenge Conference

May 15 2014 - 1:30pm - May 16 2014 - 4:00pm

An Exciting Opportunity to Foster New Research Innovations Amongst CALS Faculty

When: May 15th and 16th, 2014

Where: Keating Bioresearch Building (aka – BIO5)



Registration: Send an email to Jennifer Smith at by May 1st, 2014 with “I’m There!!!!” in the subject line.

Who should attend? Any and all CALS Faculty


May 15th

1:30 Opening Introduction – Shane Burgess and DRAC

2:30-3:30 Research Snapshots* – ½ of the faculty participants

3:30-5:00 Poster session**/Mixer/Light Snacks

5:00-6:00 Lecture – Jonathan Overpeck – “The value of interdisciplinary research”

6:00 and beyond – On your own

May 16th

9:00 - Opening Introduction – Parker Antin and DRAC

9:30-10:30 Research Snapshots* – ½ of the faculty participants

10:30-12:00 Poster session**

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30–3:30 CALS Research Innovation Challenge***/CALS Research Innovation Think Tank****

3:30-4:00 Submit letters of intent online (i.e. PI names, title, 3 sentence summary), Wrap up.

4:00-? Have a great summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


*Research Snapshots– One slide (2.5 minutes, strictly enforced!) summarizing your research and the grand challenge question(s) you are trying to address.

**Poster session from Research Snapshot Presenters

Option 1) Bring a poster that highlights recent research innovations/themes you are pursuing in your lab.

Option 2) Create your own poster de novo describing a research nugget you are excited about and want to pursue.

***Research Innovation Challenge (RIC) [aka – “research speed dating”]

After participating in the Research Snapshots/Poster Sessions attendees will form teams of three PIs that have never shared a funded grant before and have primary appointments in different units. Each team will come up with an idea for an interdisciplinary research project and will have one week to submit a 3 page pre-proposal (May 23rd @ 5pm) that will be peer-reviewed by an expert panel (DRAC and non-CALS UA faculty). After the reviews, the top three proposals will be awarded $9,000 each to be used as the team wishes to generate preliminary data that can be used to develop a full proposal to be submitted to an external funding source within 1 year.

****Research Innovation Think Tank (RITT)

For faculty not participating in RIC a Think Tank session will be held to explore research innovation needs within CALS that would include ideas for training grants, shared instrumentation, cluster faculty hires etc.

Keating Bioresearch Building (aka – BIO5)
Contact name: 
Jennifer Smith
Contact email: