Tuesday, March 29, 2022

29 March 2022

Dear Colleagues,

As I announced in November, OSU has embarked on work imagining our next major building, the Collaborative Innovation Complex (CIC) to be located at the heart of the Corvallis campus. The CIC is envisioned as 150,000 square feet of space that will host OSU’s most advanced research infrastructure, with a goal of supporting team-based interdisciplinary research and education in climate and marine science, engineering and robotics, artificial intelligence and computation, materials science, and health science.

I am writing to you today to make you aware of two efforts related to planning for the CIC and the collaborative research the complex will catalyze.

First, please join us over Zoom for a virtual University Forum on April 7 at 3:30 pm where we will share progress on siting the building and imagining the research infrastructure it will house. During that session, we will also seek feedback and answer questions.

Second, sparked by the conversations around the research that may be enabled by the infrastructure and space in the CIC, and further fueled by work in the Research Office to stand up programs that help faculty increase the impact of their research, we invite you to participate in an Ideation Session on April 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm on how OSU research can contribute to Solutions to the World’s Pressing Problems. The session will be held in the MU Horizon Room, with a reception following the session.

  • We invite individuals or teams of researchers to give short presentations on collaborative research at OSU ongoing at any campus or location, involving researchers from multiple colleges or centers/institutes, with results that can be brought to bear in solving some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Such "solution hubs" might have an amplified impact on solving challenges through collaboration with diverse stakeholders, such as through innovation and entrepreneurship, partnerships with public agencies at various levels or the private sector, or engagement with communities.

  • Researchers who already have assembled a team and are making progress towards bringing their research to bear on pressing problems are encouraged to participate, as are researchers who are interested in finding research collaborators across the university to take the next step of creating broader societal impact.

To indicate an interest in presenting your ideas, please reply here.

We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost & Executive Vice President