Second Pre-Planning Workshops
Each university held a second workshop (Drexel University on March 2, 2011 and UL Lafayette on March 4. 2011) to reintroduce the CVDI vision and I/UCRC concept to prospective members and to obtain a better understanding of the needs and interests of prospective members.
Formal Planning Grant Workshop
UL Lafayette and Drexel University held a joint meeting in Philadelphia on May 3-4, 2011. The primary purpose of the planning workshop was to bring the potential industrial/government partners and selected university research teams together to create a forum for exchange of ideas and to ensure the alignment of university project ideas with the interests of future industry members. Representatives of the National Science Foundation were also in attendance.
Proposal Preparation and Submission
One of the primary outcomes of the Formal Planning Grant Workshop was the decision to proceed with the efforts to create the center. From May to September 2011, staff from both universities wrote the proposal, incorporating feedback from the prospective partners as well as members of the I/UCRC community. The proposal was submitted on September 26, 2011.