To help identify bold ideas that have the potential to meaningfully impact critical societal issues, this challenge is structured as a three-step process that includes (1) an EOI intended to crowd-source innovative ideas, (2) selection of applicants invited to submit full proposals, and (3) a final oral presentation round. This challenge also draws on our region’s intellectual and material resources.
Applicants can fully construct their regional teams in Step 1, if they already have a multi-institutional collaborative group. Alternatively, for sufficiently compelling ideas selected to advance to Step 2, members of the URCC and designees listed in the Inquiries section will draw directly from their institutional knowledge to help researchers at RTI and universities network with each other.
This portal will be updated with instructions for each step of the process.
1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
Upload an EOI that is no more than two pages for electronic submission to the application portal on or before Thursday, April 8, 2021.
- Nonstudent researchers affiliated with any of the following institutions are eligible to be principal investigators (PIs): RTI, Duke University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- The EOI should provide a title and description of the proposed bold, visionary project—as well as a discussion of the project’s potential impact on societal issues and the national science and technology enterprise.
- The EOI should cite evidence that the area PI(s) has/have current and/or prior relevant experience as a researcher and collaborator.
- There is no budget requirement for the EOI.
- Along with the EOI, submit each PI's curriculum vitae (CV) as a PDF. (Please combine the EOI and CV into a single PDF file.)