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Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3)

Between September 2008 and June 2011, QEM held a series of workshops to provide minority-serving institutions (MSIs) with information about the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) initiative. An additional workshop was held in 2011 to discuss broadening participation efforts withI3 Principal Investigators. TheI3 initiative challenges faculty, administrators, and others in institutions to think Creativity, connectivity, integration, and synergy are keys to innovation and to developing human and institutional capacity to full potential. In both research and education, it is the forging of new links between ideas or methodologies that were previously disparate that frequently paves the way for innovation. No future funding competition is planned currently, but visit the I3 page at the NSF website for more information.

Broadening Participation Workshop

In June 2011, QEM held a workshop for Principal Investigators of I3 projects that have a broadening participation strand. The participants shared their experiences and lessons learned regarding strategies for broadening participation in research and education activities on their respective campuses.

Location

Date

Agenda

Baltimore, MD

June 24-25, 2011

Agenda

Regional Outreach Workshops

In 2008 and 2009, QEM held a series of regional workshop to inform MSIs about I3 and to encourage them to submit proposals. Invitations to participate in the QEM regional workshops were extended to MSIs with at least three active STEM-focused projects on campus funded by the National Science Foundation, other federal agencies, private organizations or foundations and that were interested in submitting an I3 proposal. A team’s campus (alone or in combination with potential collaborators) had to have at least three STEM projects that would be involved in the I3 initiative, at least one of which had to be an NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)-supported STEM project (unless the proposed initiative is to focus solely on research).

At each workshop, QEM provided detailed information on the I3 initiative and helped participants develop or enhance ideas for proposals to submit to I3. Topics discussed at the workshops included merit review criteria; components and characteristics of competitive proposals; keys to innovation; project integration; and evaluation. Click the links in the table below to see the agendas for each workshop. The agendas contain links to presentations given by NSF program officers and by QEM consultants and staff.

Spring 2009 Workshops


Location

Date

Agenda

Los Angeles, CA

April 2-4

Agenda

Houston, TX

March 27-28

Agenda

Atlanta, GA

March 13-14

Agenda

Fall 2008 Workshops


Location

Date

Agenda

Albuquerque, NM

October 10-11

Agenda

Nashville, TN

October 3-4

Agenda

Washington, DC

September 26-27

Agenda

 

Follow-up Workshop

QEM conducted a follow-up workshop where principal investigators who received an I3 award after attended one of the regional workshops. Participants discussed performance indicators of their projects as well as elements designed to bring about institutional transformation. The workshop also included discussions about the critical education junctures; the integration of research and education; and evaluation.

Location

Date

Agenda

Baltimore, MD

May 22, 2010

Agenda