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.
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
Milestones completed since last progress report:
The Road Map funded TAE seed grants for 2014-15. Collaborative funded projects included:
- Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE: Pakistani Christians - Perspective on Violence, Belonging, and Citizenship; and Accessing the Late Ottoman Empire- Transliteration and Translation of Ottoman Legal Codes Dealing with Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging. Health Sciences TAE: Is Atopic Dermatitis a Result of S. Aureus Infection Due to Stratum Corneum Lipid Loss?; A Machine Learning-Based Approach for Optimizing the Discovery of Brain-Based Risk Markers for Psychiatric Illness; Investigating Bacterial Biofilm Formation and Toxin Trafficking Using Microfluidic Technology; and Design Optimization of Porous Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration.
- Material and Visual Worlds TAE: Authority and Materiality in the Vernacular Songbook- From the Medieval Lyric to the Petrarchist Madrigal; and Visual and Material Negotiations Around Borders – A Case Study of Sovereignty and Provincial Identity at the Edges of Imperial Rule. Smart Energy TAE: Self-Sustaining Power Generation from a Bio-Solar Panel; A Novel Statistical-Analytic Cloud Approach to Autonomous, Real-Time Threat Detection in Modern SmartGrid Networks; and Energy Harvesting from Mechanical Vibrations Using Nonlinear Resonators for Wireless Sensor Networks.
- Sustainable Communities TAE: From Vulnerability to Resilience-Developing an Evidence-Based Partnership Model for Transforming Rural Schools; and Mobile-based Smart Service Platform for Personalized and Adaptive Learning. In addition, a new Organized Research Center was announced- The Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems.
Last Updated: 9/11/14