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Interdisciplinary Research Program

Request for Proposals

For projects to be undertaken between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020

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 fifth 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 March 25, 2019 according to the instructions in the RFP and funds will be made available to each winning team on September 1, 2019. All proposals must be submitted through the IRP Sharepoint site.

Successful IRP grant submissions must:

  • Describe the proposed effort, a rough timeline and deliverables, and how the proposed effort advances the research topic.
  • Describe the roles of each proposal team member how this team (including 2 or more tenured or tenure-track faculty as lead investigators) will use this project to establish a valuable research collaboration that would not have occurred without this program.
  • Clearly identify the follow-on extramural funding opportunities for this interdisciplinary work and provide a credible plan for pursuing those opportunities. A requirement of IRP award recipients is submission of at least one interdisciplinary research proposal to an extramural funding source within one year after the end of the award period.

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

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


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