Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Innovative Research Program



Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science

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 support 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 development, evaluation, and application.

The 2020 IRP competition will open February 11, 2020. Applications will be due March 27, 2020.

Further information about the application materials required and eligibility can be found on the submission page.