Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations

Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations

Nov 7
Kathy Partlow, Research and Grant Development Specialist
  

If you are visiting the Office of Research (228 Mumford) and hear the word “FIRE,” it doesn’t necessarily indicate a need to evacuate the building. At least not in the last few weeks, while we’ve been conducting the selection process for the second round of seed grants to promote Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE). The goals are to spark creativity and collaboration between ACES faculty and their research partners, address important interdisciplinary research questions, and help teams be more competitive in obtaining external funding. Congratulations to the seven teams that were recently awarded FIRE seed grants. So far over the two cycles, we have funded 16 teams led by faculty members from all seven ACES departments for up to $50,000 over two years.  We look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of this program not only for the teams that received funds, but also for the applicants that were unsuccessful. As one recent applicant said, “Regardless of the outcome, this was a very good exercise to bring people together from different disciplines.” You can find more information about FIRE seed grants on our website.  

“Fire has been the fuel of creativity, the very symbol of inspiration.” -Smithsonian, Dec 2012