Innovator Workshops at NIMBioS aim to enhance understanding of important questions at the intersection of biology and mathematics and to generate new approaches for addressing them.
Organized by active researchers in academia, government or industry, Innovator Workshops at NIMBioS provide a dynamic, highly interactive forum for the presentation and discussion of cross-disciplinary research at the forefront of biological, mathematical, computational, and social science.
Over the course of 3 to 5 days, these workshops gather experts in the field and provide outstanding networking opportunities. A key outcome is the development of new collaborations.
Innovator Workshops offer a more streamlined review process as opposed to our traditional Investigative Workshops.
Innovator Workshops can provide you with the path to disseminating your research for broader impact.
Today grant applicants are expected to justify the "broader impact" of proposed research, and grant reviewers are expected to consider explicitly the adequacy of the proposal's resources for broader impacts. Innovator Workshops are one way to do that.
NIMBioS covers all expenses (travel, lodging and meals) for organizers/instructors. NIMBioS does not provide honoraria or stipends. Participants selected from the open applicant pool cover their own expenses and pay a nominal registration fee.
Proposals are considered three times each year with deadlines on April 1, July 1, and November 1. Researchers interested in organizing a workshop must submit a formal application to NIMBioS describing the proposed topic and key questions to be addressed. Besides submitting an application, organizers identify and secure commitments from up to 4 primary presenters whose expenses will be fully covered by NIMBioS. An additional 25 to 35 participants will be identified through an open application process for approved workshops. These additional participants cover their own expenses. We expect to have some supplements for graduate students.
If you have questions or would like to discuss ideas about a possible Innovator Workshop, please contact Dr. Sergey Gavrilets, NIMBioS Associate Director for Scientific Activities (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Chris Welsh, NIMBioS Deputy Director, (865-974-9334, email@example.com).
To apply, you must complete an application on our online registration system:
Guidelines for PDF upload required in online application:
Note that applications must be submitted as a single pdf file including all of the components listed above (items 1-7). Applications should not exceed the length limits specified above (use 12-pt type fonts, single-space pages with at least 0.5 in margins). Graphics should be embedded directly into the application document.