Funding Comes from Research Corporation for Science Advancement for Projects Borne Out of Its First Scialog®Conference
Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA has presented Scialog® Collaborative Innovation Awards of $100,000 to each of three groups of scientists to supplement the initial grant awards under RCSA's groundbreaking Scialog research initiative.
The three groups include scientists who were each awarded initial grants of $100,000 in the first round, now underway, of Scialog - a multi-year grant program designed to accelerate the work of 21st-century science. Scialog - which stands for "science dialogue" - funds early career scientists to pursue transformative research, in dialog with their fellow grantees, on crucial issues of scientific inquiry. The first round is focused on solar energy conversion.
In October, the original 13 Scialog award-winners met for three days at Biosphere 2 in Oracle, AZ, where they came together with a select group of other eminent scientists - to discuss the potential for transformative change in solar energy conversion. While attending the first annual Scialog Conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the award-winners were encouraged to form teams with other scientists present, in order to create new research projects that could be supported with Scialog Collaborative Innovation Awards from RCSA. To be eligible for such an Award, each team had to include at least one original Scialog award-winner, the research idea had to be innovative, and it had to emerge during the Scialog Conference. Proposals were reviewed by a panel of prestigious scientists - chaired by Nate Lewis, the renowned Caltech chemistry professor and Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's $120-million Energy Innovation Hub. Scialog Collaborative Innovation Awards have now been presented to the following teams:
"Future U.S. scientific innovation depends in part on our nation's capacity to build communities of scientists around potentially transformative research ideas," said RCSA President James M. Gentile. "That's what Scialog is designed to do, and these Scialog Collaborative Innovation Awards provide crucial support to help turn high-risk high-reward concepts into the next great breakthrough."
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