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Rural communities have long been seen as the heart of our nation. But they are also face unique challenges like providing affordable healthcare and high-quality education, expanding access to broadband internet, maintaining and modernizing aging infrastructure, and revitalizing declining economies — all while preserving the character that makes rural communities special.

In fall 2022, Collaborative Collision invites our research community to come together to explore interdisciplinary solutions to challenges facing rural America.

We encourage you to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and consider how you might combine your skills, expertise, and resources through Connector, how you will turn those connections into collaborations through Incubator, and what first steps towards a solution your team will propose at Accelerator.

Join us as we work to ensure that our neighbors in rural communities benefit from the discovery, creativity, and innovation taking place at Florida State University!

Collaborative Challenges

Building FSU’s capacity for community engaged research in rural communities.

Access to healthcare and health information.

Access to resources for people with disabilities living in rural communities.

Maternal and child health disparities among rural minority populations.

How to increase access to broadband internet, and build digital skills in rural communities?

Increasing resiliency, sustainability, and resource sharing in urban-rural systems.

Promoting vibrant public spaces in rural communities through art, music, and culture.

Reducing food insecurity and malnutrition in rural populations.

Break through disciplinary and organizational silos and discover other researchers exploring complex solutions to complex problems.

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Turn your connections into collaborations through our 10-week team development program.

After meeting at Connector and developing projects in Incubator, teams made their pitch for up to $50,000 to launch new research projects through Accelerator.

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Exploring complex solutions to complex problems

by building and accelerating new interdisciplinary teams

at Florida State University.

For more information about Collaborative Collision: Rural Innovation please contact Mike Mitchell or Evangeline Coker.