CAES roundtables are held throughout the year, organized by the CAES Associate Directors to envision research awards, which are defined as multi-institution, multi-investigator awards of $2M to $4M annually for a 4- to 5-year period of performance. The approach is to gather thought leaders from the CAES institutions for small group meetings at which attendees develop a white paper outlining a pitch to a federal partner for a workshop hosted by CAES. A successful roundtable results in justification for a center proposal to a federal funding agency. Topics of recent roundtables include Nuclear Energy, Cybersecurity, and Advanced Manufacturing.