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Innovation Lab (I-Lab)

The CDC Office of Technology and Innovation’s Innovation Lab (I-Lab) promotes the testing and implementation of innovative ideas across the agency through a variety of programs and initiatives. The I-Lab is responsible for promoting and facilitating solutions and new approaches to public health challenges. The I-Lab also coordinates and supports high-quality, collaborative scientific activities to address important public health issues through a variety of programs and activities that include:

  • Coordinating CDC’s Small Business and Innovation Research Program
  • Promoting the inventiveness and creativity of the CDC community in the design and development of new innovations which show promise for making a substantial impact on public health and how we accomplish our mission through the Innovation Fund (iFund) . The iFund provides intramural funding and support to CDC staff to develop initial proof of concept ‘prototypes’ and pilot projects, or scale up more mature projects that have been proven effective through pilot or replication studies.
  • Training CDC scientists to transform ideas into solutions through our Ideation Catalyst (I-Catalyst) course. I-Catalyst is designed to help CDC employees get their ideas out of the starting blocks and down the track through a discovery, ideation, and prototyping process. The course is based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program and Lean LaunchPad principles and methods.
  • Facilitating innovative solutions to scientific and public health problems through open innovation tools such as citizen science, crowdsourcing, challenges, and contests. CDC’s I-Lab helps CDC programs explore these tools and approaches through technical assistance and consultation.
  • Page last reviewed: January 3, 2017
  • Page last updated: July 7, 2016
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Science