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Interdisciplinary Research Program

Request for Proposals

For projects to be undertaken between
Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019

The Office of the President and the Vice President for Research invite proposals for the Interdisciplinary Research Program (IRP). The IRP, which is in its fourth year, advances interdisciplinary research at UTA in alignment with the four guiding themes of the Strategic Plan: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact and Data-Driven Discovery. To foster new collaborations across campus, the focus of this program is to support interdisciplinary research efforts between faculty from disciplines that don’t typically work together. As such, this program fosters research across campus to improve our ability to effectively compete for new extramural research funding in the strategic theme areas. 
The request for proposals (RFP) outlines the policies of the program. The IRP provides one-year grants to sponsor interdisciplinary research and professional creative activities. The maximum allowable budget for any one successful proposal is $20,000. IRP proposals must be submitted on or before February 1, 2018 according to the instructions in this RFP and funds will be made available to each winning team on September 1, 2018. All proposals must be submitted through the the IRP Sharepoint site.

Duane Dimos, Vice President for Research, will be holding an IRP 2018-2019 briefing on Wednesday, January 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rady Room – 6th Floor Nedderman Hall.

This year, the City of Arlington will also sponsor two IRP projects on the general topic of data assessment and evaluation for city management. Specific areas of interest highlighted by city leaders, which are detailed in the following link, are:

  • Entertainment District traffic and Pedestrian Management 
  • Handitran Ecolane data
  • Community Paramedicine program
  • Predictive neighborhood data

Successful IRP grant submissions must:

  • Clearly articulate alignment between the proposed research or professional creative activity and the strategic plan to advance our capability to provide intellectual leadership for one of our guiding themes.
  • Describe the proposed effort, a rough timeline and deliverables, and how the proposed effort advances an interdisciplinary research topic.
  • Effectively describe the roles of each member of the proposal team and how the proposed interdisciplinary team will work together to take on the proposed research topic and how they will work to develop sustained, follow-on extramural funding for this work into the future.
  • Clearly identify the extramural funding opportunities for this interdisciplinary work and provide a credible plan for pursuing those opportunities to satisfy the minimum requirement of at least one proposal submitted to an extramural funding source within one year after the end of the program award period.

Proposal reviews will be based on how well each of these criteria is addressed.

An information session will be held in mid-January.

For all other questions and comments about the Interdisciplinary Research Program, please contact Dr. Duane Dimos, Vice President for Research, at


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