Interdisciplinary Frontiers Program (RISE and IFHA)
The intended outcome of IFP is to empower faculty teams to become competitive in securing major funding from government, private industry, philanthropic and other external sources to support transformative interdisciplinary research and creative activities. Successful proposals are those that demonstrated the greatest potential for scientific, social and cultural impact as judged by factors including interdisciplinary design, innovativeness, originality, impact on graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary training opportunities, and potential for generating new grants and contracts and economic development.
Funding for the IFP comes from indirect costs generated by awards to UC Davis under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. These research-related revenues were set aside by Chancellor Katehi for campus-wide reinvestment in research, consistent with the Chancellor’s Vision of Excellence and the goal of reaching $1 billion in sponsored research activity.
Objectives of the Interdisciplinary Frontiers Program (IFP)
The main objective of IFP is to support the development of internationally recognized interdisciplinary themes from across the UC Davis campus in all the schools and colleges. These themes are expected to:
- Conduct outcomes-based and mission-oriented research and creative activities across the boundaries of disciplines;
- Advance the frontiers of human knowledge and experience;
- Enhance opportunities for undergraduate research and interdisciplinary graduate student and postdoctoral fellow training;
- Drive the creation of intellectual property, where appropriate;
- Facilitate the development of research partnerships with external institutions and organizations; and
The IFP will also facilitate the development of facilities and infrastructure to support the mission of the interdisciplinary themes. Should funding remain after this stage, additional RFAs may be issued.
Both the inaugural RISE and IFHA internal funding competitions are complete. Concurrent with each RFA (Request for Applications) release, Office of Research staff visited the academic units to present the program and answer questions. The submission deadline for RISE was April 2, 2012, and for IFHA, January 10, 2013. Funding decisions were made by July, 2 2012 for RISE and June 17, 2013 for IFHA.
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