Self-Funded Incubators

Self-Funded Transdisciplinary Project Incubators

The Center for Creative Conservation hosts self-funded Transdisciplinary Project Incubators on any cross-cutting topic related to conservation and sustainability from teams of practitioners and University of Washington researchers.

Incubators are start-up meetings of interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams that encourage effective and creative conservation problem-solving. Incubators help new teams build effective working relationships, further conceptualize project ideas, develop plans for implementation, and seek additional funds to support long-term collaborations. See examples of our current Project Incubators. Incubators can involve as many meetings as needed, but a typical incubator involves 2-3 multi-day meetings held over a 6-12 month period. Single day meetings can also be considered.

We offer a place for people from all backgrounds to learn from each other, experiment with collaboration, and together forge innovative approaches to conservation and sustainability. Most environmental problems are highly complex, yet we rarely find the time and institutional support to convene the full range of people, ideas, and resources we truly need to address them. We provide:

  • access to the full breadth and depth of expertise at UW, including connections to our affiliated faculty and highly motivated and qualified students
  • access to a wide range of professional networks through our practitioner participants and affiliated organizations
  • staff experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, grant-writing, and publishing
  • state-of-the-art meeting spaces, technology, and other resources at UW that foster creative, collaborative, and productive work environments
  • opportunities to step outside your routine and meet new people, have inspiring conversations, and co-create tangible products and mutually beneficial outcomes

We support Transdisciplinary Project Incubators by:

  • helping conceptualize projects and identify team members
  • providing content expertise as needed
  • organizing meetings at UW Seattle or off-campus locations
  • facilitating meetings when requested
  • supporting the virtual communication and file sharing needs of the project team
  • helping identify additional project funding sources and develop funding proposals
  • providing an introduction to transdisciplinary skills, including best practices in interdisciplinary collaboration and partnering

Who can participate?

We encourage diverse participation in incubators, as we have found that the most productive groups involve people from a diversity of sectors (e.g., academia, government, Tribes, business, non-profit, industry, community groups), disciplines (e.g., humanities, sciences, arts, medicine, engineering, law, policy, communications, etc.), and cultural backgrounds.

How will you benefit?

Incubators are an ideal tool for scoping a new project, initiative, program, or business.  As such, state and federal agencies and governments, foundations, small and large businesses, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals could all potentially benefit from incubators. Substantial products directly connected to implementation are often produced, including new initiatives, campaign materials, research agendas, proposal submissions, scientific publications, etc.

More about us

The mission of the Center for Creative Conservation (C3) is to develop and promote innovative solutions to complex environmental problems by fostering collaborations across broadly diverse disciplines and sectors. Our efforts support the resiliency and sustainability of our world, encompassing biological and cultural diversity, social and ecological integrity, and matters of equity and justice. We serve individuals and groups seeking innovative ways to advance conservation and sustainability, and university researchers seeking transdisciplinary research opportunities. By transdisciplinary, we mean crossing disciplinary, sectoral, and other boundaries toward novel and integrated ideas, methods, and applications. Transdisciplinary research and action authentically engages different modes of knowing, from outside of a single discipline, on equal footing.

Contact us at to inquire about an incubator, including the application process and estimated costs.