SP1.3: Increased Institutional Support for Interdisciplinary Research
Interdisciplinary research fuels path-breaking and transformative innovations. This project implemented a number of activities to promote interdisciplinary research among Binghamton faculty: 1) TAE Seed Grants for interdisciplinary collaborative research; 2) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants (ICG) Program revised to increase proposal submissions across the disciplines; and 3) Support Development of Core Research Facilities that are crucial to the University's strategy to reach premier status, including a $300,000 award from the Decker Foundation for the purchase of instrumentation for a Health Sciences Core Facility and implementation of the annual NSF Major Research Instrumentation internal competition. Two proposals for multiuser equipment will be submitted for the January 2014 deadline.
Goals advanced under this project are:
- Increase Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Profile to that of a Premier Public University
- Enrich Collaborative Culture for Research, Scholarship and Creative Production
Indicators of success for these goals are:
- Sponsored Program Expenditures (federal and non-federal) (RF and BUF)
- Number of Faculty Awards with Two or More PIs.
- Self Reported Collaborative Publications and External Collaborations (TBA –Faculty Annual Reports)
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- The three funded interdisciplinary grants will be completed by end of summer. Funded projects, which were reviewed by the Advisory Committee and Scholarship and Research and the Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence included: Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE: Human Security in Africa: Aids, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Conflict; Material and Visual Worlds: The Materiality and Visuality of the Pre-Modern Book: A Case Study; Sustainable Communities: Local Capacity, State Policy, and the Geology of Natural Gas Drilling.
- Received Road Map funding to continue seed grant program for 2014-15. A Request for Proposals was issued and awards made.
- Two new ORCs were announced- The Center for Affective Science and the Binghamton Center for Biofilms Research.
- The Regional Economic Development Council awarded $1.6M to Binghamton University for establishment of a Telemedicine and Mobile Health Facility to be located in the Center of Excellence Building.
Last Updated: 9/11/14