The edge finding
The objective of iDISPLA exploration program is to gain insight into understanding the "why", "how" and key factors that govern certain scientific processes or outcomes or a pathway to a potential future value proposition. The outcome of these seed projects can also result into a research growth area at the university and data for writing proposal for additional funding.

The idea is to gain as much information possible under this seed project to make an informed decision to determine if such a project is worthy of further development. This program encourages preliminary research that can potentially translate into a new technology, that can be pursued further and make a significant impact on future science and technology. This process is defined here as "the edge finding".

The exploration program encourages creativity and collaboration with the universities and the community of interest within the iDISPLA hub and community at large. The goal is also to encourage interdisciplinary research team to develop a more collaborative approach and leverage diverse expertise.

Another important purpose of the exploratory R&D program is to encourage practical hands on education in research among undergraduates and students pursuing higher degrees to learn research best practices, innovation process and understand the challenges of translating research to potential products. As such they learn the challenges of "valley of death" concept. Additionally, they also learn the importance of design thinking to project how their research may lead to a new technology or product - a process of innovation.
This program help build next generation of scientists and engineers for our workforce program.

These undergraduate research activities teach students to learn how to use research tools, research best practices, role play as research scientists and engineers, and help create a network connection through the iDISPLA hub for higher studies, internships or employment opportunities.