US-ELTP Research Inclusion Initiative
The US-ELTP Research Inclusion Initiative (RII) is designed to broaden participation of underrepresented astronomers as well as faculty and students from minority-serving, small, and underserved institutions. Research inclusion is not just a priority of the US-ELTP; the Decadal Survey report Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics in the 2020s set inclusion in research contexts as a top priority for the astronomical community. The US-ELTP RII strives to lead efforts to make astronomy and astrophysics more inclusive for those scholars traditionally underrepresented in the research process by fostering a more equitable research environment both in our program and in the discipline more broadly.
The RII aims to encourage the participation of astronomers currently underrepresented in the research process by focusing on four areas of research inclusion:
- Establishing policies and procedures that enable and encourage mutually beneficial partnerships between astronomical researchers at various-sized institutions
- Fostering opportunities for scientific network and collaboration building
- Developing technical infrastructure that enables broad participation in astronomical research
- Providing instructional engagement and other resources for researchers at all career stages to support their training needs.
WHAT THE RII WILL PROVIDE
The RII will provide the following:
- A review of collaborative practices in astronomy, astrophysics, and other STEM fields to help PIs draft strong research inclusion plans. Through this review, we will develop recommendations for positive and improved science outcomes.
- A Research Inclusion Toolkit that provides information on best practices for mutually beneficial research collaborations. The RI Toolkit will provide proposers with the necessary information to build effective research inclusion plans. It will also provide reviewers with recommendations for assessing and ranking research inclusion proposals.
- Recommendations and guidelines on how the US-ELTP can support networking and collaboration building
- Recommendations for effective science platform training activities
Our Jazz Band motif represents the idea of an Open Collaboration, where each partner brings their unique talent to the group to create something larger than the sum of the parts. However, if one partner doesn’t know or isn’t taught the song or is not incorporated into the group in a thoughtful and meaningful way, the result is not productive. Our Toolkit of Collaborative Practice, which is part of our Research Inclusion Initiative, is meant to aid and support the community in understanding best practices for building a successful Open Collaboration to reach the group’s scientific goals.