MBI Program Applications

MBI programs are aimed at bringing mathematical scientists and bioscientists together to discuss ways in which the mathematical sciences are being used to solve significant problems in the bio and biomedical sciences or how problems from the biosciences are opening new areas of research for mathematicians, statisticians, and computational scientists.

MBI encourages members from the mathematical sciences and the biosciences community to propose ideas for MBI programs.

MBI programs fall into three categories:

  • Semester or yearlong emphasis programs (consisting of a number of related workshops and supported by MBI long-term visitors).
  • Current Topic Workshops (typically stand alone meetings of up to one week).
  • Education programs.

***How to Submit an Application for an MBI Program***

Applications for programs may be submitted via e-mail to the Director (mg@mbi.osu.edu).

CTW are easy to organize and usually take place within one year from time of acceptance. We describe below the parameters of a typical workshop and a focused research group meeting, though MBI is happy to consider different formats.

We suggest that applicants not expend too much effort on making the application; MBI will require more details if the basic idea is accepted. The questions that you should address at this stage are: Why is your topic timely, is there a community who is interested in the topic, and is your proposed program relevant to the MBI mission?

MBI Current Topic Workshops

MBI current topic workshops serve many purposes. They can:

  1. Focus on emerging areas in the biological sciences that are ripe for association with the mathematical sciences, such as through modeling.
  2. Focus on areas in the mathematical sciences that are needed for progress in biology.
  3. Focus on emerging areas in the mathematical sciences that are being stimulated by advances in the biosciences.
  4. Revisit areas from previous emphasis year programs.

Similarly, there are many workshop models and MBI is open to exploring different models. However, to help the application process we describe briefly the model that has been most often used at MBI.

Typical MBI CTW are 3-5 days in length, have between 15 and 20 speakers, have no parallel sessions, have a poster session, and leave time for discussion. The organizers can also select 15-20 supported participants. Additionally, a small number of researchers are supported by MBI from among those who apply to attend the workshop and a small number of local researchers also attend the workshops. So, typically there are between 50 and 70 participants at a given CTW. However, some workshops are smaller and more focused and some are larger. Typically, MBI workshops also have significant numbers of participants who are from the biosciences and significant numbers of participants who are from the mathematical sciences.

There is a common administrative structure for MBI workshops. The organizers schedule the talks; MBI makes all other arrangements including contacting speakers and participants. Typically, MBI provides local accommodation for supported participants and some limited support for participant travel to Columbus.

Decisions on which CTW to support will be made by the MBI Scientific Advisory Committee and the Committee of MBI Directors.

Focused Research Groups. Another form of CTW that has been used on a number of occasions is the focus research group model. An FRG is a small number of researchers who meet at MBI for a period of up to one week to discuss, intensively investigate, and aim to resolve a significant problem in the mathematical biosciences. MBI will pay the local expenses of the participants and will provide facilities (office space, computer support). Proposals should describe the problem to be addressed (one or two pages), should list the people who intend to participate, and should be sent to the Director.