Workshop on Convergence Research


The ASRC’s Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) office — along with ASRC’s Environmental Sciences Initiative, RF APPS, and the CCNY Grove School of Engineering — is offering a full-day workshop featuring speakers from NSF, NIH, and others on the topic of Convergence Research.
  • The final location of this workshop is to be announced.
  • Target participants: CUNY faculty interested in learning about Convergence Research and potentially participating in cutting-edge research that embraces a high level of intellectual and other diversities (see below for a brief definition).
  • The workshop should be of interest to a wide array of disciplines, for example:
    • Sciences: All scientific and engineering disciplines funded by NSF and NIH
    • Social Sciences: All scientific disciplines funded by NSF and NIH (e.g., urban studies, geography, anthropology, education, psychology, economics, sociology, etc.)
    • Humanities: Scholars interested in collaborating on research with scientists to address significant societal challenges (e.g., philosophy, ethics, linguistics, the arts, etc.)
  • Format: The morning sessions will feature speakers from NSF and NIH and allow time for general discussion and questions. The afternoon will feature breakout groups to allow faculty to work with the ideas presented and share feedback on approaches.
  • Target opportunities:
    • NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research, with an October 15th deadline for a 2-page white paper.
    • Workshop participants interested in submitting to this Dear Colleague opportunity may be invited to join a dedicated proposal writing bootcamp, to be facilitated by Dr. Linda Vigdor, Associate Director of Proposal Development at the ASRC.
    • More opportunities may be announced as they emerge.
  • Logistics: Lunch will be provided. RSVP’s will be solicited once we have a location for the workshop. To help us locate the appropriate size space, please indicate your interest in the workshop here.
  • What is Convergence Research, in a nutshell?
    • One of NSF’s Ten Big Ideas
    • Of growing interest to NIH, e.g., in team science
    • Primary characteristics of Convergence Research:
      • Research that focuses on a compelling and complex challenge, with potentially significant societal impact
      • Research that requires deep integration across multiple disciplines
      • Teams that build off of diversity: disciplinary, geographic, life experience, career level, intellectual or other perspectives, demographics, etc.
      • Collaborations that integrate into their research plans strategies for including and navigating the above challenges
      • Team members with an openness to new frameworks, paradigms, or disciplines that may emerge from such convergence approaches
    • An approach to research and collaboration that is evolving
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  • Start Date: 9/14/2018
  • College: Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY
  • Address: TBA, Manhattan
  • Building: TBA
  • Room: TBA
  • Phone: 212-413-3332
  • Admission: Free