Applied Research and Innovation
Applied Research at College of the Rockies
Applied research presents opportunities for students and employees to support the academic vision of the college, to contribute to the local community and local industry, and to enhance student experience. Applied research, as well as other types of research, are encouraged at College of the Rockies as inseparable elements of higher scholarship, inquisitiveness and the pursuit of knowledge.
Applied research activities are indicated when that activity meets the following goals: has the strong potential for practical or experiential learning experiences for our students; has the potential to transform lives and enrich communities; informs decisions regarding real-world questions concerning innovation in society or the economy; contributes to economic, social and cultural development.
Entrepreneurship within College of the Rockies has both internal and external aspects. Internally, entrepreneurship encourages students and faculty to explore their big ideas and look for ways to develop ideas into successful businesses, micro ventures (side-hustles) or social enterprise projects. The applied research office helps students and faculty to find support and resources and guides them to the right networks. Externally, entrepreneurship at College of the Rockies means helping local businesses find the resources they need, including connection to appropriate networks, and by connecting them to College of the Rockies’ experts for applied research assistance. Entrepreneurship implies more than just passive applied research administration; it means an active approach to helping people succeed.
Applied research implies systematic use of accepted scientific standards to develop practical solutions for real-world problems faced by companies, industry or society including the development of enabling processes, products and prototypes. Applied research that meets the needs of industry and community partners confers value and economic impact to the local and regional economy.
Applied Research Criteria at College of the Rockies
The criteria for projects to be considered as applied research projects at College of the Rockies include:
- Has the strong potential for practical or experiential learning experiences for our students.
- Has the potential to transform lives and enrich communities.
- Informs decisions regarding real-world questions concerning innovation in society or the economy.
- Contributes to economic, social, and cultural development.
- College of the Rockies has the expertise and the capacity to perform the research whether as the lead or as a partner.
- Dean has approved the activity and alignment with College needs and expectations.
- approvals from outside agencies are possible (environmental, biosecurity, human subject experimentation, etc.).
- Further, the research will be financially supported by the client – i.e. the organization or people who request or benefit from the research and the project budget will substantially cover the costs of the research project. (e.g. client -funded, grant -funded or both).
Funding and Upcoming Opportunities
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