Building Innovative Interdisciplinary Groups and Collaborations

Are you a researcher at Ohio State looking for collaborators on campus? Are you seeking an exciting next level for your research? Are you interested in contributing to an interdisciplinary team but don’t know where to start?

Building Innovative Interdisciplinary Groups and Collaborations (BIIG Collaborations) is here to help! This multi-phase program is designed to CONNECT interdisciplinary faculty with common research interests, DEVELOP shared concepts for innovative team research, and ADVANCE newly emerging teams to future funding and research success. Focusing on one interdisciplinary research topic each semester, the goal is to provide Ohio State researchers and scholars with the resources and support you need to address the innovative research questions that can only be examined when diverse talents are brought together and think BIIG!


Spring 2024 Theme: BIIG Collaborations – Interdisciplinary Opportunities in Space Research

Interested in taking your research to infinity and beyond? Space-based research, predicted to be an area of national importance in coming decades, offers opportunities to address global challenges, spur innovative technologies, and generate novel discoveries in a diverse array of fields, including:

  • Materials and manufacturing in Space 
  • Microbes in space 
  • Human physical and mental health in space 
  • Agriculture and plant science in space 
  • Sustainability and energy in space 
  • Deep space observation and exploration 
  • Earth observation and exploration
  • Space policy, DEI, law and entrepreneurship

BIIG Collaborations – Interdisciplinary Opportunities in Space Research will offer three in-person events for research-focused faculty, staff and post-docs to connect with interdisciplinary colleagues, develop new collaborations and advance newly emerging projects related to space research. Groups participating in BIIG Collaborations will have the opportunity to apply for a BIIG Start Award of up to $10,000 for continued team development support.


Upcoming Events

BIIG Connections Networking Event

Thursday, March 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. in 320 Pomerene Hall 
Expand your network and meet potential collaborators by creating a simple networking poster and participating in focused engagement activities.

BIIG Ideas Workshop: How to Build a Translational Question

Thursday, April 11 from 3 – 5 p.m. in 320 Pomerene Hall 
Develop impactful research questions with interdisciplinary colleagues through a facilitated ideation workshop.

BIIG Ideas Workshop: Exploring Collaborative Opportunities

Thursday, April 25 from 3 – 5 p.m. in 320 Pomerene Hall 
Continue to explore new collaborations by connecting with resources to further develop team ideas.