Call for Working Group Proposals (2023)
Summary: The RIOS Institute invites proposals for Working Groups that will function as innovation sandboxes or think tank incubators. Accepted proposals will receive a $2000 budget. Participants will bring new ideas and address challenges as they develop a tangible product aligned with the RIOS mission. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Go here to submit your Working Group proposal. For more information contact Dr. Karen Cangialosi (email@example.com)
RIOS Working Group participants will be active researchers and co-authors working together towards the construction of new knowledge (such as synthesis, pilot research, or translational work) to be disseminated in some way for the RIOS membership (such as through a white paper that may form the basis of a grant, a webinar, and/or a set of informational documents).
To support this work, we are offering a $2000 budget to be administered by RIOS for participant support, facilitator honoraria, and/or consultants. Collaborative proposals between institutions/organizations can receive up to $6,000 total. Working Groups are intended to meet regularly (weekly or biweekly) for no more than 3 months. Successful proposals for Working Groups will include an open call for participation to the RIOS Community unless otherwise justified. Working Group leaders will be mentored and supported by a RIOS team member. Working Group projects must align with the RIOS mission.
Examples of recently and previously funded Working groups can be found HERE.
Proposals can be made by all members of the RIOS community, should be 1-3 pages long, and should include:
- A statement of a problem to be explored or solved, or an area of concern to be addressed;
- The goals/objectives of the group;
- Contact information for the Working Group proposer(s) and area of expertise of any confirmed Working Group members;
- Culturally responsive recruitment plan;
- Expected outcomes or specific products;
- A description of how the products will be openly licensed and shared. (Alternatively, include an explanation for why any product can not or should not be openly licensed.);
- A timeline for activities and dissemination;
- Budget that indicates how funds ($2,000) will be distributed.
- Alignment with the RIOS Mission
- Clarity of problem statement, goals and expected outcomes
- Expertise and recruitment plan
- Clear timeline and budget aligned to the outcomes/creation of a specific product
Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Go here to submit your Working Group proposal. For more information contact Dr. Karen Cangialosi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Example of a successful previous Working Group:
Tagging Ontologies Working Group (Summer 2021): This group’s participants explored possibilities for metadata systems which support inclusive and anti-racist Open Education Resources (OER). How we design our OER databases, search functions, and other systems sends a message to the community about what we value pedagogically. The working group focused in part on how systems of labeling and searching (“tagging”) OER can encourage anti-racist and decolonizing curriculum submissions in postsecondary STEM education. At the end of the working group period, the team produced a one-pager that became the basis of a full NSF grant. Following the conclusion of the working group, several group members, along with a few new individuals with additional expertise, finalized and submitted the grant.