OSU Expertise + Synergy = Innovation
The main idea behind the work of CAPS is to tap into the incredible scientific expertise available at The Ohio State University. Membership to CAPS is based on individuals across campus who are interested in applied sciences. CAPS is made up of indivduals from over 8 departments and 4 colleges. It has facutly participation as indviduals, on teams, or seed grant awardees. These teams are encouraged to incorporate investigators across disciplines, departments, colleges and campuses. They have access to research facilities, PhD students and graduate fellowships through the university’s new Interdisciplinary Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program (TPS-GP), postdoctoral fellowships, and research support. The goal is to build the kind of synergy that can take a very basic biological concept and translate it into an application that would be a practical solution to a problem.
In its effort to bridge the gap between basic and applied research, CAPS is working with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC), along with the Office for Energy and the Environment (OEE). The goal is to provide them with tools for commercialization of discoveries and, ultimately, economic development opportunities.
Four Strategic Areas
The Center supports interdisciplinary Scientific Teams that span the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to challenges in four main Strategic Areas:
- Photosynthesis and Carbon Fixation
- Biomass and Bioproducts
- Crop Improvement and Functional Foods
- Plant-Microbe Interactions