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Pilot Projects

In addition to the outreach, educational and symposia-based activities and services, The Innovation Initiative develops, delivers, and participates in special projects and programs regarding the promotion, dissemination, and training of best practices in innovation.

In its first twelve months of incubation, the Innovation Initiative has developed or participated in more than a half dozen student, staff, and civic-focused pilot projects.


As the Innovation Initiative reaches more audiences, new relationships open opportunities for collaboration.

CCTS and OSU Medical Center

The first pilot project launched was a partnership with Ohio State’s Center for Clinical & Translational Science and OSU’s College of Medicine and the OSU Medical Center to develop and deliver a five-part workshop series attended by more than 200 healthcare providers, educators, and research investigators entitled: “Discovery, Innovation & Commercialization Workshop Series and Certificate Program.”

CCTS Workshop Series and Certificate Program

About the CCTS Collaboration

Wexner Center for the Arts

The Initiative has also participated in a cross-college, multi-disciplinary initiative from The Wexner Center for the Arts involving students from more than 6 colleges working on the development of a play which revisits John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” and which explores the impact of the recent financial crisis on a family forced to trace the reverse commute of the family in Steinbeck’s original work. Finally, the Initiative has and has advised students participating in various MBA-level Case Competitions including the 2011 Microsoft Firenze Student Innovation Competition. 

For more information about how to participate in these pilot programs or to explore engaging with the Innovation Initiative in a similar effort email: