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 will be those with 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 will come 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 will be 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
Both the RISE RFA and the IFHA RFA have been released. Concurrent with each release, Office of Research staff will visit the academic units to present the program and answer questions. The submission deadline for RISE is April 2, 2012, and for IFHA, January 10, 2013. The review process will be completed and funding decisions made by July, 2 2012 for RISE and May 31, 2013 for IFHA. A second RFA may be issued later in the year if funding is available.
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