Featured Tufts Events
- Research Day on Tufts Institute for Innovation (TII)
- Tufts Collaborates! Symposium
- Lewis-Burke Associates Visits Tufts Campuses
IIn September 2013, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research hosted a Tufts Research Day on the Tufts Institute for Innovation (TII), a new research initiative broadly focused on microbes, including their use in improving the environment and the human condition, and on innovative ways in which infectious diseases can be prevented and treated. The event was attended by 165 faculty, students, and staff, and included keynote speakers, lightning talks, breakout discussion sessions, and a poster presentation displaying research from all three Tufts campuses. Shortly after Research Day, several faculty members representing each school across the university stepped forward to take planning roles in the future of TII. This group considered the input from the Tufts community and chose three broad areas of focus for TII: Food and Nutrition, Infectious Disease, and Water and the Environment.
In February TII solicited applications for an initial set of projects with a first-year budget between $50,000 and $250,000. In May TII leadership began to consider peer reviews of submitted applications; successful projects will be announced by mid-June. A new request for proposals is expected to be announced during the summer months. Application materials can be found on the TII Trunk Site, which also contains slides and videos of the TII Research Day presentations as well as lists of speakers and attendees. For access to the TII trunk site, please contact Jessica.Ketchen@tufts.edu.
For information on Research Days, visit our Research Days website. A brief summary of the May 2nd Research Day on Data Science will be coming soon to Research News at Tufts.
In December 2013, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research hosted a symposium to showcase the Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program and the wide range of collaborators involved. The event was also a networking opportunity for collaborators at different stages of the program. The symposium started with a panel discussion during which four past award recipients shared their insights into the program, its processes, and how they developed their successful proposals and collaborative teams. This was followed by lightning talks focused on Tufts interdisciplinary research in the areas of “Disease Biology, Treatment, and Therapy” and “Social, Environmental, and Health Sciences.” A Tufts Collaborates! Trunk Site contains presentations from the symposium as well as program information and announcements. For access to the trunk site, please contact Barbara.Booras@tufts.edu.
For more on the seed grant program, please see Tufts Collaborates!
In December 2013, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research organized a three-day visit by Lewis-Burke Associates LLC to the Tufts campuses. Tufts University has contracted with this government relations firm to assist with optimizing federal research funding opportunities. Three members of Lewis-Burke Associates met with 52 Tufts faculty and staff members on all three Tufts campuses. Discussion topics in the small group meetings included research funding strategies and potential visits to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal policy makers. Lewis-Burke plans to visit Tufts again in 2014.