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Scialog®

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The Initiative

Scialog® seeks to accelerate the work of 21st-century transformational science through funding research, intensive dialog and community building. Each multi-year initiative promotes scientific innovation in the face of a complex research challenge that serves as a driver in contemporary science. Successful grantees are asked to address a few narrowly focused issues on a particular research initiative and to communicate with one another in an annual closed conference for the purpose of sharing insights and building further collaborations.

Facilitated dialog is used to break down traditional barriers to authentic communication, to identify bottlenecks to the research initiative, and to encourage innovative approaches to transformative breakthroughs.

These meetings are intended to advance human knowledge by building and strengthening a nationwide community of scientists, many of whom have many promising years of research ahead of them. Through the give-and-take of community building, it is the Foundation’s hope that Scialog participants grow better equipped to tackle even more challenging problems in the future. Success among initiative participants is measured in terms of subsequent partnerships formed and how research clusters intersect with others, with the private industrial sector and with the federal sector to continue promising lines of research that ultimately lead to true scientific breakthroughs.

Scialog is intended to: 1) support early career faculty to expand research in a specifically focused area determined to be urgently important for the nation's welfare; 2) encourage scientists to form collaborative cross-boundary or interdisciplinary teams to tackle the critical areas identified by RCSA, and; 3) help transition awardees to obtain future funding.

The Scialog process is guided by a panel of nationally recognized scientists chosen from the research, academic and science-policy communities.

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