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

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, 2022Submit 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.


Monday, February 14, 2022 to Monday, March 28, 2022
(All day)




  • CIRES employees


  • Other


Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science 303-497-3584