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 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 2022 IRP competition opens February 14, 2022. Applications will be due March 28, 2022. Submit your proposal online. You must have a CIRES login and password to access the online application.
January 2022 update: CIRES is instituting a "Rapid IRP" to provide funds for research activities that are time-sensitive and urgent. Potential CIRES proposers should see the email or reach out to the Associate Director for Science for more information.
2022-02-14 to 2022-03-28
Building your mentor network
Please join CGA members and Christine Wiedinmyer for our first Hidden Curricuculm seminar in the series to discuss building your network of mentors!
The Hidden Curriculum seminars were developed by Amanda Donaldson, Galen Gorski, Colleen Murphy, Jenny Pensky, Adam Price, Christina Richardson, Araceli Serrano, and Margaret Zimmer* because much of the graduate school experience is focused on tangible and formal skill development surrounding research and teaching. These seminars focuses on the informal “hidden curriculum” in graduate school that can complement formal student learning to help individuals lead successful research careers.
The first seminar of this series will focus on how to build your network of mentors, lead by CIRES' own, Christine Wiedinmyer. She will discuss how to find and pick mentors in order to build the best supportive network.
Please join us on Thursday February 17th @12:30 - 2 pm on zoom to hear some tips and ask your own questions. RSVP here by Wednesday at 11:59 pm MST in order to receive the zoom link on Thursday morning.
Important resources mentioned during the event:
Writing support + Professional development opportunities through the Graduate School: https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/professional-development-community
CU Student + postdoctoral services: https://ciresecguide.colorado.edu/cu-services
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (activate your membership here): https://www.facultydiversity.org/institutions/university-of-colorado-boulder
Graduate student process therapy groups through CU (included in CU Gold plan): https://www.colorado.edu/counseling/services/process-therapy-groups
Faculty & staff counseling services: https://www.colorado.edu/hr/faculty-staff-assistance-program
Graduate student/advisor mentoring agreement: https://www.colorado.edu/engineering-facultystaff/sites/default/files/attached-files/advising_agreement_final_final.pdf