FORMING SCIENCE-INDUSTRY RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS
September 10th (Monday) – September 11th (Tuesday) 2018
Studies based on college students who make decisions about hypothetical scenarios limits understanding of how people make decisions in their everyday lives and the ways that aging may influence decision processes and outcomes. Private industries, such as healthcare, technology, and finance, have very rich data resources that reflect human behavior and opportunities to conduct large-scale applied research studies.Unfortunately, collaborations between social scientists and these private sector companies are limited to occasional consulting and proprietary research. Academic studies using private-sector settings and data are difficult to establish, limited by complex privacy concerns, logistical issues and mutual distrust about how the findings might be used, yet these collaborations represent extraordinary opportunities to answer important questions about behavior that predict long-term health, social, and financial outcomes.
In this 2-day workshop at Stanford University, early-career researchers will learn from senior academics and industry representatives that have engaged in successful collaborations. Applicants must submit a brief proposal describing their research question and how this question could be answered using private sector settings, data resources, and/or clients, customers, and employees. Those who are accepted will be assigned an industry mentor who will help workshop their research proposals during breakout sessions and provide insight on the feasibility of the research and interest from industry. Academic mentors will share their strategies for approaching private sector partners, challenges to consider, and the scientific outcomes of collaboration. Possible research topics include understanding and optimizing saving and spending behaviors, making healthcare decisions at different life stages, and workforce and occupational decision making. Proposed projects should be focused on behaviors in everyday life that affect long-term health and well-being in old age. Projects don’t necessarily need to be focused on older adults; in fact earlier life interventions may be more effective at improving outcomes in older age.
This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (R25-AG053252) to Professors Laura Carstensen and Gregory Samanez-Larkin. Lodging at the Stanford Guest House will be provided for two nights and reasonable airfare costs will be reimbursed for accepted trainees. Assistant professors, postdocs, and PhD students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply. We are committed to educating junior scholars from culturally diverse backgrounds. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Online applications must be submitted by May 1st. Applicants will be notified in June.