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Round 3 of the GRO Ideation Workshops competition 

Submitted by Kris Boone,

The Office of Research Development is launching Round 3 of the GRO Ideation Workshops competition and invites PI-eligible faculty and staff from all academic disciplines to attend a proposal information session on Tuesday, August 3rd from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.  Those interested should register to attend this Zoom session. We will make a session recording available to those interested but unable to attend.

Complete details on program requirements may be found in the application portal. In brief, the Ideation Workshops program involves four, 90-minute workshops facilitated by the Research Development Office. During the workshops, team members will engage with one another to: 1) Build consensus and shared vocabulary on key components of an interdisciplinary or convergent research question; 2) Generate and prioritize new ideas or approaches to address the question; 3) Draft positioning strategies for potential external sponsors; 4) Draft a collaboration agreement that defines shared goals, roles and responsibilities among team members, and methods for communication and conflict resolution; and 5) Produce an action plan with major milestones for 90 days, 6 months, and 1-2 years towards submission of a proposal for external funding within 12-24 months.

The application process and requirements for Round 3 are identical to Round 2 – no changes. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Interested teams are REQUIRED to e-mail their intent to apply to by 5PM on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The e-mail should identify an interdisciplinary question proposed for team ideation and list the three to five core faculty representing the primary disciplinary domains involved in the proposed team. 
  • Teams should be comprised of 3-5 PI-eligible core leaders representing a minimum of three distinct disciplines from at least two colleges.
  • Full proposals (3 pages following a specified format) are due by 5 p.m. on September 13, 2021.
  • There is no budget for the workshops; facilitation and collaboration software are covered by the GRO program.
  • Team members should expect to devote approximately 10 hours of effort to this process (6 hours of meeting time and 4 hours of between workshop activities). 

Please contact Jeff Agnoli at with any questions.