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“What might be the most interesting interdisciplinary research challenge that the
UI is particularly well positioned to explore in the next three to five years?”



Do you want to blend disciplinary approaches, reimagine possibilities, and transform current thinking to interdisciplinary research challenges that the University of Iowa is uniquely suited to confront? Your response to the question above is critical in identifying the areas to explore during two Ideas Labs this summer.

Contribute and Participate

  • Submit your bold ideas*; 750 characters or less (February 3-7)
    • Theming completed by Office of Vice President for Research leadership and collegiate Associate Deans for Research
  • Rank broad themes derived from submitted ideas (March 2-6)
    • Ideas Lab topics derived from ranked results
  • Apply to participate in Ideas Labs (March/April; April/May) 
    • Compete for $50,000 seed funding per Ideas Lab (June 8-10; August 3-5)
       

The Voting Results: UI Interdisciplinary Research Challenges

Please see the results of the recent voting below. The highest scoring topics were: 1) Neuroscience and Mental Health and 2) Digital Health Delivery.

Topic

1st Choice

2nd Choice

Total

Neuroscience and Mental Health

58

48

106

Digital Health Delivery

55

40

95

Microbiome Science

48

44

92

Predicting and Influencing Behavior

31

52

83

Navigating the Impact of Extreme Weather

41

32

73

Sensing our World

25

38

63

Total Votes

258

254

512

Ideas Labs

Ideas Labs are designed to facilitate collaborations that generate novel research approaches and questions. The Ideas Lab process has been used to facilitate collaboration and ideation by funding agencies, nationally and internationally, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Further, the University of Iowa utilized this method for the Opioid Ideas Lab (2018).

What to Expect

Activity (all activities postponed) Date(s)
IDEAS LAB TOPIC IDENTIFICATION
Survey #1: Bold Ideas Feb. 3-7
Survey #2: Rank Themed Responses March 2-6
Ideas Lab Topics Announced Mid-March
IDEAS LAB #1
Onramp Talks March 23-April 10
Apply to Participate March 23- April 24
Ideas Lab Fellows Notified May 4
Ideas Lab #1 June 8-10
Seed Funding Awarded June 22
IDEAS LAB #2
Onramp Talks April 13-24
Apply to Participate April 13-May 8
Ideas Lab Fellows Notified May 18
Ideas Lab #2 August 3-5
Seed Funding Awarded August 17

 

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Questions

Contact Aaron Kline (aaron-kline@uiowa.edu or 319-335-4142)