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Description

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!

Aspirations

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.

KEYWORDS

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

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
  2. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative
  3. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies
  4. Health and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  5. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  6. Energy and Environment
  7. Global Enterprise and Border Studies
  8. National Defense and Border Security
  9. Cross-cutting: U.S.-Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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

Tirres, Andrea
Advocate
Staff
Center/Other Units - Research and Sponsored Projects (Office of)
community of practice, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Inclusion, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, translational

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

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
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
Health Sciences - Rehabilitation Sciences
EEG, neuroplasticity, perception-action relationships, sensorimotor integration, TBI, Timing, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


Related Efforts

Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB)
Funding: Refer to the IDRB webpage to find out more information about RFPs pertaining to seed funding and space allocations.
Contact: Bill Hargrove

This new building provides collaborative research space to accommodate interactive research teams, large shared space laboratories (both wet and dry), and specialized spaces, such as a state-of-the-art visualization lab, and human subjects research spaces. The building, planned around flexible, shared spaces, is intended to support collaborative research and other scholarly activity that integrates multiple disciplines.

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.

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Collaboration Plans: Planning for Success in Team Science
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Document

This poster identifies ten components that are recommended as the core content for collaboration plans. These range from providing a rationale for the proposed team composition to identifying what technologies are needed to support communication and workflow coordination, to planning for conflict prevention and management, to budgeting for the planned resources and activities. The poster also highlights key elements for investigators, funders, and reviewers to consider related to each component.

LEADING LARGE TRANSDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS ADDRESSING SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS: A Primer for Project Directors
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Document

TOC:
1. QUALITIES AND SKILLS OF A HIGH FUNCTIONING DIRECTOR
2. MOLDING YOUR TEAM
3. CREATING A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION IN SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL PROJECTS
4. ENABLING PARTICIPANT SUCCESS
5. SUPPORT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF RESEARCHERS
6. HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS
7. PROJECT DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
8. PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS
9. INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (2015)
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Document

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)
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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.

DIALOG SOURCES

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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