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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 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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2022
8:00 a.m. to Noon

Memorial Union Sun Room and South Ballroom

Self-nominations are encouraged and accepted. Register here by end of day Friday, February 10, 2023. Participating faculty are expected to prepare and share a one-minute presentation (one PowerPoint slide maximum) that describes their background and expert contributions in the context of the Healthy Iowa topic. The PowerPoint slide should be submitted through the same registration survey or this SmartSheet upload by Monday, March 6, 2023.

When registering, participants will be asked to rank-order a set of prompt questions based on their interest in the topic (Those questions can be reviewed here prior to registering). Ordering these questions will help form breakout discussion groups and facilitate team formation. RIR participants will engage in two facilitated breakout discussions and report their top takeaways. Time for self-assembly team formation will be part of the RIR structure.

During the RIR, instructions about Request for Proposals will be provided to those interested in forming teams looking to be funded. Proposals 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.

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.