Working committee

Research and Collaboration

The committee seeks out collaborative research partnerships throughout the IIN, with particular emphasis on topics that are critical and beneficial to the state of Illinois

What we do

The research and collaboration committee draws on expertise across the IIN to strengthen connections and relationships, facilitate the pursuit of large-scale grant awards, and oversee the administration of the IIN seed grant program.

The committee holds an annual IIN research conference focused on topics that are central to the network’s focus areas. In both 2020 and 2021, the conference theme was sustainability and the event was held virtually. The two events averaged 110 attendees and provided numerous opportunities for faculty and student sessions.

The committee also develops and promotes the scope and parameters of the funding opportunity announcement for the IIN’s Sustaining Illinois seed grant program. The first four rounds of the program provided funding for 24 projects, with 13 of the 15 IIN hubs serving as principal or co-principal investigators.

Finally, the committee has reviewed and supported the IIN’s response to multiple large-scale grant opportunities, both at the state and federal levels. The committee also helped coordinate statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, providing input on the availability of equipment, supplies and facilities from each of the IIN hubs.