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Research & Innovation Roundtable

OVPR Announces Spring 2023 Collaborative Roundtable

Following the enthusiastic participation in the Climate Smart Research & Innovation Roundtable (RIR) held November 2022, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will host another RIR session – centered on the overarching issue, Healthy Iowa – during the 2023 spring semester.

The Healthy Iowa topic represents enhancing the health of all that live and grow in Iowa, from plants to animals to people. The session is designed to be a collaborative setting for surfacing big and bold interdisciplinary research ideas on a wide range of topics that could include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Health studies and community engagement;
  • Sustainability and food and water systems;
  • Rural mental health and delivery;
  • Broadband ties to health management;
  • Public policy;
  • Data science and coordinated responses;
  • Behavioral health;
  • Producer issues and artificial intelligence/machine learning-aided solutions;
  • Designing simulated environments;
  • Elder care . . . and much more.

For optimal exchange of ideas and results, we need the involvement of faculty from across campus from humanists and artists to basic and applied scientists, extension specialists and more.

Friday, March 10, 2023
8:00 a.m. to Noon

Memorial Union Sun Room and South Ballroom

Prior to the March 10 RIR, registrants were asked to prepare a single PowerPoint slide summarizing their relevant areas of expertise and key interests in Healthy Iowa-related topics. The full presentation including individual participants’ slides are can be viewed here.

RIR participants interested in forming teams to pursue funding can access the Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due April 10, 2023, and will be evaluated by the facilitators and funded based on interest, connection to the Iowa State 2022-2031 Strategic Plan, matching funds and available budget.


Launched in fiscal year 2022, Iowa State’s Research & Innovation Roundtables (RIR) are designed to foster collaborative team development to identify novel solutions to complex societal challenges.

Administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the RIR program is intended to bring together many different voices from across campus to share varying perspectives and areas of expertise leading to self-assembly of multidisciplinary teams that compete for Iowa State Strategic Plan Presidential “jump start” seed funding. Click here to learn more about the three projects that were selected for seed funding following the fall 2022 Climate Smart Research & Innovation Roundatable.

Each fiscal and academic year new roundtables focus on issues of significant scope and impact that are also key areas of research strength for the university.