For over 60 years, the Research Triangle region of North Carolina has been a model research ecosystem on a global scale. The Research Triangle stands apart from other similar efforts for its successful collaboration among universities, businesses, and government organizations in innovation-led economic development and talent attraction and for the significant transformation that the region experienced as a result. Today, the region is home to multiple institutions of national and international renown and has a reputation for education, discovery, and innovation by virtue of the forethought and investments made decades ago. To build on this legacy of positive change through collaboration, RTI International seeks to catalyze investments to address the collective unprecedented issues we face that demand regional collaboration and intentional investment to ensure future success.
To build on a foundation of recent investments in successful university collaborations and help stimulate transformational change for the next 60 years, RTI's Board of Governorsunder the auspices of the RTI University Research Collaboration Committee (URCC)welcomes Expressions of Interest (EOI) in Forethought: The RTI $5M+ Research Collaboration Challenge. We seek innovative and compelling research projects that meld scientific rigor, technical proficiency, and innovative methods to help solve the world's most critical problems. This future-focused competition is intended to draw on and, eventually, contribute to the distinctive intellectual and institutional resources and culture of the Research Triangle region.
Under the leadership of Dr. Christy Shaffer and Dr. Peter Lange, the URCC is committed to stimulating and supporting visionary, impactful research collaboration among RTI and area universities. To accomplish this, RTI and the URCC have developed Forethought: The RTI $5M+ Research Collaboration Challenge. Through this challenge, we will invest in our collective future by expanding existing partnerships and forging new ones that leverage existing resources and optimize knowledge-based growth. RTI and our partners will commit to supporting at least one team that presents a compelling project for regional collaboration and transformational innovation. We seek bold, visionary project proposals that address critical societal challenges.
Founded in 1958—with support from North Carolina government, education, and business leadersRTI maintains close ties with Duke University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and other institutions.
RTI is committing $5 million in initial funding. Partners are committed to investing additional funds to help build and scale the selected program area(s).
|Thursday, April 8, 2021||Due date for EOI|
|TBD||Due date for invited full proposals|
|TBD||Final oral presentations|
To help identify bold ideas that have the potential to meaningfully impact critical societal issues, this challenge is structured as a three-step process that includes (1) an EOI intended to crowd-source innovative ideas, (2) selection of applicants invited to submit full proposals, and (3) a final oral presentation round. This challenge also draws on our region’s intellectual and material resources.
Applicants can fully construct their regional teams in Step 1, if they already have a multi-institutional collaborative group. Alternatively, for sufficiently compelling ideas selected to advance to Step 2, members of the URCC and designees listed in the Inquiries section will draw directly from their institutional knowledge to help researchers at RTI and universities network with each other.
This portal will be updated with instructions for each step of the process.
Upload an EOI that is no more than two pages for electronic submission to the application portal on or before Thursday, April 8, 2021.
Additional details will follow.
Additional details will follow. Invited teams should include significant representation from RTI and at least three of the following institutions:
Specific questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the following individuals:
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Dr. Sanjiv Sarin, Director, University Collaborations and Corporation Partnerships and Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
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