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The Big Bets initiative is a bold experiment originating in the Office of Research at FSU, designed to connect extraordinary researchers with big-thinking funders.
Big Bets research requires faculty to look several years, perhaps even a decade, into the future and articulate the major impacts their research can achieve with the infusion of a multimillion dollar world-changing gift. Recognizing that the world of higher education is changing, it seeks to create a transformative and qualitatively different funding portfolio for high-impact research with the power to improve lives.
Meet the Big Bets Centers
BIG BETS - RIDER
RIDER’s vision is a world in which everyone is resilient to disaster.
The RIDER Center promotes all-inclusive and equitable disaster resilience for vulnerable populations. RIDER leverages technology, data, and multidisciplinary research with a deep understanding of how the unique conditions of each community’s physical and social dynamics, available infrastructure, and land use affect resilience. Found at the nexus of engineering, science, and communities, RIDER’s solutions empower under-served communities with new tools, training, and enhanced partnerships between public, private, non-profit, and academic stakeholders. Improving disaster resilience will protect our vulnerable populations, save billions, and better our society as whole; RIDER is leading that work.