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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. 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


Boyer, Eric
Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Political Science
Public Management, Public-Private Partnerships, Transportation Policy, Knowledge Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Involvement, Disaster Management, Covid-19

Liberal Arts - Psychology
behavioral and neural plasticity, dopamine, movement disorder, drug addiction, in vivo intracerebral microdialysis, neuroscience
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy
Quantitative Health Service Research, Health Outcomes, Healthcare Management, <br>Meta‐ Analysis, Applied Micro Econometrics, Health Care Cost Analysis, Patient‐Centered Medical Home, Integrated Delivery System, Cost‐Effectiveness Analysis, Comparative Effectiveness Analysis <br>

Science - Chemistry and Biochemistry
Materials, Environmental Engineering, EXXON, Bio-remediation, Asphaltenes, Chemistry
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Education - Teacher Education
Community engaged scholarship, Power, Place, Identity
Featured: Awards

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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Team building exercises
Effective Practice

This is a supplement to the article below, which provides examples of team building activities.

Cheruvelil, K. S., Soranno, P. A., Weathers, K. C., Hanson, P. C., Goring, S. J., Filstrup, C. T., & Read, E. K. (2014). Creating and maintaining high-performing collaborative research
teams: the importance of diversity and interpersonal skills. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(1), 31–38. doi:10.1890/130001

Wayne State tools for IDR
Effective Practice

A new site with practical information about IDR.

Team Science Toolkit
Effective Practice

This is a website that provides a wealth of resources about leading, supporting, and conducting team science.

Bob William's website
Effective Practice

Bob Williams is an evaluator with lots of experience facilitating group work. His website provides a good selection of methods for a variety of purposes.


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