Find out more about new research initiative at forums this month

If you're looking for more information about the new funding initiative to support multidisciplinary research programs, plan to attend one of two forums that will be held later this month.


Forums are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-noon, 207 Marston
  •  Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-noon, Campanile Room, Memorial Union 

At the forums, university officials will provide details and answer questions from teams interested in seeking funds through the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research.

The "pursuit" funds will help teams of faculty researchers from across the ISU campus -- and working with researchers at other universities, companies, and laboratories -- to collaborate and prepare new large-scale research funding proposals.  Grants will be made by March for up to three teams.  Each team will receive up to $500,000 annually, for three years, for a total of $1.5 million per team.

"This initiative is intended to create a new culture of interdisciplinary and collaborative research at Iowa State, a culture that encourages 'thinking big,'" Leath said in his installation address.

Proof-of-concept program

The initiative also includes a smaller, proof-of-concept program, directed at research areas that are still emerging, more limited in scope or have a higher risk. Pursuit funding grants in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 could be awarded to help such teams also secure collaborative research grants.


Research teams seeking pursuit funding will submit a three-page white paper by Dec. 1. From the white paper submissions, some teams will be invited to prepare full proposals by Feb. 1, 2013. The final awards will be announced by March 1.

Questions may be directed to Tahira Hira, senior policy adviser to the president, 294-7239.