Colleagues communicating in small groups

Fall Symposium

Overview

The Symposium is the latest element of the Research Incubator in Climate and Health, a new initiative sponsored by the Office for Research that aims to support Rutgers researchers developing novel projects at the nexus of climate and health. The symposium will take place in person on October 19 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., with a reception from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.

The purpose of the Research Incubator’s Symposium is to provide a venue for faculty to gather peer feedback as they improve new research project concepts aligned with the incubator’s theme, pitching their project ideas to an interdisciplinary group of colleagues who join them in facilitated feedback sessions.

Interested individuals can apply to participate in the Symposium through either a team track or a single-investigator track. The latter track is open only to early-career investigators. Slots are limited and Symposium applications will be peer reviewed by experts in research related to the incubator’s focus.

Only faculty who present at the Symposium will be eligible to apply for internal funding through the Research Incubator’s seed funding initiative in Fall 2022. The seed funding initiative will offer up to $50,000 for single-PI projects from early investigators and up to $150,000 for multi-PI projects led by any eligible faculty.

Click here to view the agenda.

Parking Information

  • There is complementary parking available for all who will be attending the event at Lot 82. Attached is a copy of a map to Lot 82.
  • If your vehicle is not registered with the Rutgers Parking permit office, you may park in Lot 82 as well; however please register your vehicle with the front desk attendant once you enter the building.
    • Be prepared to provide your vehicle’s license plates, color, make, and model to register your vehicle with the front desk.
  • As you enter the parking lot, you may turn to the left or to the right of the parking lot to park in front or behind of the conference center.
  • Overflow parking is available in LOTS 76 and 74A should LOT 82 become full.
  • Click here to view additional means of transportation for traveling to the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center.

What Participants Can Expect

Teams and individual investigators selected to participate in the Symposium will be required to present short pitches at the event on their proposed projects in line with the Incubator’s theme. These pitches are short (8-10 minute) presentations designed to encourage feedback to presenters and conversation among peers. Applicants will be asked to present a synopsis of the concept at the time of application and will prepare slides for the symposium presentation. 

The Office for Research will work with participants to:

  • Identify and invite forum attendees relevant to the Incubator’s theme
  • Confirm appropriate facilitators to moderate feedback sessions
  • Provide details about applying to the Research Incubator’s seed funding initiative to support the project’s continued development.

Symposium Eligibility 

  • Team Track: Open to all tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty across all Rutgers units and from all disciplines, insofar that the concepts proposed are relevant to the incubator’s theme. 
  • Early career investigator track: For purposes of this Research Incubator, the phrase “early-career faculty” is defined as an investigator who has completed their terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training—whichever date is later—within the past 10 years and who has not previously competed successfully as a Principal Investigator for a substantial, independent research award.

As an added level of support for Symposium applicants, the Office for Research has developed a curated list of Climate Health Research profiles from the Research with Rutgers portal. This may be particularly useful if you are looking to collaborate with additional faculty on interdisciplinary team projects.

Symposium Application Review Criteria

For team track:

  • Does the team make a clear argument for why the project idea is a novel contribution to research at the nexus of climate and health?
  • How well does the team incorporate tools, methods, and approaches from multiple disciplines in developing this project?
  • Does the team have a strong sense of the potential assets available to them as they further develop this idea?
  • What is the potential for the proposed idea to make a transformative contribution to current research at the nexus of climate and health?
  • What is the potential of this project to secure future external funding? 
  • Does the application make a convincing argument for why participation in the symposium is critical at this time?

For early-career investigator track:

  • Does the PI make a clear argument for why the project idea is a novel contribution to research at the nexus of climate and health?
  • Are the tools, methods, and approaches to build this project appropriate?
  • Does the PI have a strong sense of the potential assets available to them as they further develop this idea?
  • What is the potential for the proposed idea to make a transformative contribution to current research at the nexus of climate and health?
  • What is the potential of this project to secure future external funding? 
  • Does the application make a convincing argument for why participation in the symposium is critical at this time?

Submissions will be peer reviewed by senior faculty with expertise relevant to the theme. All applicants will be notified of decisions by October 7. 

Questions?
Please contact the Research Development team within the Office for Research at researchdevelopment@research.rutgers.edu with questions.