The CoLab supports Prototyping/Proof-of-Concept, Training, Curricular Innovation, and Technological Currency with staff, infrastructure, and funding to assist and generate SRC in digitally-focused pilot projects.
Emerging faculty, grad students, or those moving into new digitally-connected research areas may not have facilities, skills, infrastructure or social networks that would be helpful in embarking on the works. Sometimes they need advice, equipment, or students who can help, but the process of applying for funding pre-supposes they already have a well-formed idea about what it is they’d like to build.
Furthermore, a design-led practice often includes building in order to better understand goals and research-questions. This early-stage ideation/prototyping/piloting isn’t well-supported with existing Ryerson programs.