Your questions answered about the Research Accelerator

With applications open through May 17, now is the time to submit your application to the Global Futures Research Accelerator, a program developed to empower the Scientists and Scholars network to develop an ASU research enterprise strategy to increase competitiveness, funding success, partnerships and societal impact. Read the flyer to learn more.

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received about the program.

Do I have to be on a tenure track?
No, being tenure track is not a requirement.

Is the Accelerator a big time commitment?
Yes, the program is a time commitment. We will meet biweekly during the academic year. However, the information you learn throughout the program is meant to develop and advance your research infrastructure by helping you build a solid framework around your research lab.

We are making changes for this next year after reviewing surveys and feedback from our last cohort. We will now incorporate more activities that will be in-class work that you can create during break out sessions. This will allow faculty to discuss and work on projects together, furthering the development of your network.

How does the Accelerator benefit my research, scholarship and/or creative activities?
This program provides structured discussions around specific infrastructure learning realms to guide your work. It will provide an opportunity to engage/collaborate with other faculty across various disciplines and schools. You will learn how to transform your research agenda into an enterprise mindset by gaining tools to be successful with prospect identification, proposal development, and proactive shaping of future funding opportunities.

How do the humanities fit in the program?
The GFL Accelerator team worked throughout this past year with faculty from the humanities to ensure we had content that also focused on book development, resources and possible collaborations. This year we are currently working with humanists to provide a more robust and comprehensive engagement for faculty in the humanities. In addition, it is important to identify areas in which faculty can engage with each other to provide more transdisciplinary work to wide-ranging exchange across all knowledge domains to address the complex social, economic and scientific challenges that we currently face.

What is Research Enterprise Strategy?
It is a nuanced and novel approach to a complex and dynamic system. This program was created within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and Knowledge Enterprise Research Operations to help participants develop a proactive, capacity-building enterprise research strategy that aligns research priorities with resources informed by intellectual and organizational context. Participants will create a blueprint for a diverse research portfolio that includes plans for funding, partnership, and an ambitious yet realistic approach to scaling-up.

Applications are open now and must be submitted by May 17. Early to mid-career faculty with a research focus are encouraged to apply. Classes are planned to run bi-weekly on Fridays, September 3, 2021 through April 29, 2022.