Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Innovative Research Program

Innovative Research Program


The Innovative Research Program is designed to stimulate a creative research environment within CIRES and to encourage synergy between disciplines and research colleagues. The intent is to provide an uncomplicated mechanism for supporting small research efforts that can quickly provide concept viability or rule out further consideration. The program encourages novel, unconventional or fundamental research that might otherwise be difficult to fund. Funded projects are inventive, sometimes opportunistic, and do not necessarily have an immediate practical application or guarantee of success. This program supports pilot or exploratory studies, which may provide rapid results. Activities are not tightly restricted and can range from instrument development, lab testing, and field observations to model advancement.

The 2017 IRP competition is now closed. Applications for the next competition will open in February 2018.


Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science

The IRP competition submission site is open to CIRES members only.