The Interstellar Initiative
Collaboration is key to truly innovative scientific discoveries and advancement. There is a critical need to promote and support the intersection of ideas across international boundaries and disciplines, in particular among early career scientists. The Interstellar Initiative ― presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development and The New York Academy of Sciences ― recognizes the world’s most promising Early Career Investigators from around the world and connects them with peers, in related but distinct disciplines, providing a platform for them to develop a solution to a major research question. Their efforts will be guided by Mentors who are established scientists at the peak of their respective disciplines. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and thereby catalyze discovery.
This is a remarkable opportunity for Early Career Investigators to: (i) receive expert guidance from leading senior scientists on the preparation of a compelling research proposal; (ii) network with exceptional researchers from around the world; and (iii) build international research collaborations.
Individuals accepted into the Interstellar Initiative will participate in a 2.5-day conference at the New York Academy of Sciences from September 14 – 16, 2019, where they will be grouped within teams of three and asked to propose a solution to a major research question, guided by mentors who are at the peak of their respective disciplines.
- March 2019: The application period opens.
- May 15, 11:59 PM EDT (May 16, 2019, 12:59 PM JST): The application period closes.
- July 2019: Investigators selected to participate in the Interstellar Initiative are notified.
- September 14 – 16, 2019: Interstellar Initiative conference convenes in New York City.
- September 2019 – February 2020: Teams continue to develop their research proposals.
- February 20 – February 21, 2020: Follow up workshop convenes in New York City
In addition to application to the portal, applicants in Japan should submit their application to e-Rad portal (www.e-rad.go.jp/en/) as well.
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