Interdisciplinary Research and Education (IDRE)
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The Interdisciplinary Research and Education (IDRE) community is made up of individuals from diverse academic disciplines and institutional positions involved in IDRE. We engage each other to improve the knowledge, ability, and capacity for enabling, leading, evaluating, and participating more effectively in IDRE. We welcome you to explore our community pages and attend our next event!


We aspire to be a vibrant, supportive community focused on expanding our knowledge base and skills for effectively leading IDRE, and providing access to best practices, methods and tools that facilitate successful IDRE.


  1. Collaboration
  2. IDR
  3. Interdisciplinary
  4. Team science


  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative


Genna, Gaspare
Liberal Arts - Political Science
globalization, international cooperation, political economy, political psychology, political trust, regional integration, social trust

Tirres, Andrea
Center/Other Units - Research and Sponsored Projects (Office of)
collaborative, community of practice, interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinary education, sustainability, sustainable, transdisciplinary

Research Associate Professor
Engineering - Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering., geophysics, GIS, gravity, magnetic, Remote Sensing, seismic, seismology, surveying, Transportation

Assistant Professor
Science - Physics
energy storage, hierarchical mesoscale materials, ionic liquids, nano-confinement, porous media, protein solution structure, small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering

Boyer, Eric
Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts - MPA Program
Disaster Management and Homeland Security, knowledge management, Nonprofit Management, Public Involvement, Public Management, Public-Private Partnerships, Transportation Policy

Related Efforts

UTEP Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Contact: Andrea Tirres

The UTEP Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Symposium seeks to build on the momentum of campus IDR activities that have included connection-building events & increased interest in interdisciplinary research funds. The symposium typically includes an opening reception with poster presentations followed the next day with various sessions exploring the symposium’s theme. The 2014 theme was Rewarding and Recognizing Interdisciplinary Research. Contact idrutep@utep.edu to help plan the next symposium.

IDR Enhancement Program
Funding: Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) & Office of the Provost.
Contact: Andrea Tirres

The Provost and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects issue a Request for Proposals for interdisciplinary research enhancement on an annual and/or biannual basis. Awards to interdisciplinary teams are typically in the amount of $20,000 per team. Eligibility requirements, authorized use of funds, proposal structure, review processes and criteria, & requirements of awardees are described in the RFP. Term of the award is typically one year. To date, there have been four rounds of funding.

Related Centers

Related Communities

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (2015)
External Resource

The growing scale of science has been accompanied by a shift toward collaborative research, referred to as "team science." Scientific research is increasingly conducted by small teams and larger groups rather than individual investigators, but the challenges of collaboration can slow these teams' progress in achieving their scientific goals. How does a team-based approach work, and how can universities and research institutions support teams?

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research (2004)
External Resource

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research examines current interdisciplinary research efforts and recommends ways to stimulate and support such research.
This report identifies steps that researchers, teachers, students, institutions, funding organizations, and disciplinary societies can take to more effectively conduct, facilitate, and evaluate interdisciplinary research programs and projects.

Faculty Engagement Encounter
Andrea Tirres

ORSP’s Interdisciplinary Network Manager invites academic units, Centers, and/or UTEP stakeholders to co-plan Faculty Engagement Encounters. Contact altirres2@utep.edu. These events are intended to facilitate the expansion of each participant’s intellectual and/or professional support base, create an environment conducive to networking, and expand a participant’s knowledge base. Past events have centered on such topics as community engagement and Department of Homeland Security thrust areas.

Science of Team Science (SciTS)
Deana Pennington

The SciTS is a community that brings together thought leaders from a variety of disciplines/fields and providing investigators, administrators, and funders with state-of-the-art knowledge, strategies and connections. The SciTS field is building the evidence base for how to conduct, manage, and support effective and efficient team-based research, and ultimately enhance the science it produces.


I3 Move Communities provide a way to share expertise, resources, and community information to the general public. There are numerous tools available, both open source and proprietary, for engaging in dialog and sharing information and knowledge within a closed group.

Communities have access to IBM SmartCloud, a tool that provides a Cloud Computing solution for sharing files, defining activities, creating blogs, developing wikis, and promoting ideas. To request an account and training on IBM SmartCloud, contact econnect@utep.edu.

This community engages in dialog as follows:

SmartCloud IDRE Community Page