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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


Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
robotics, automation, machine design, control, embedded controllers, PLC, programming, sensor applications
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Health Sciences - Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research and Evaluation (CIHRE)
HIV/AIDS prevention, Opioids and prescription pills abuse prevention and treatment- <br>Qualitative research, Program Evaluation, <br>Evaluation Research, U.S.-Mexico Border studies,
Featured: Awards

Gates, Ann
Engineering - Computer Science
Software Engineering, Verification and Validation, Requirements Engineering, Cyberinfrastructure, Workflows, Computing Education, Undergraduate Research
Featured: Awards

Liberal Arts - Sociology and Anthropology
Society, culture, anthropology, borders, migration, states, power, inequality, working classes, work, consumption, health, U.S.-Mexico border, COVID-19, applied anthropology, values and social science, human rights, immigration, border policy, water, Community-Engaged Scholarship, Community Engagement, community organizations
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thin Film Photovoltaics, Perovskites, Solar and Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Semiconductor Materials and Devices, Gamma and X-ray Radiation Detectors
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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Effective Practice

Mycoted is a company dedicated to improving creativity and innovation for solving problems. This is a central repository for tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc.

Team Science Learning Modules
Effective Practice

Health-oriented website put together by social scientists at Northwestern who conduct research on team science. It is free, but requires registration.

Effective Practice

I2S is a group in Australia who are promoting the idea of a new discipline, which they call Integration and Implementation Science. They provide a variety of resources focused on: Synthesising disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge; Understanding and managing diverse unknowns; Providing integrated research support for policy and practice change; systems thinking; scoping and boundary setting; framing; dealing with values; harnessing and managing differences

Enabling science and technology research teams: a breadmaking metaphor

An article I wrote to highlight, in an interesting, readable way, issues in team science that have been identified by empirical research. This is light reading - 15 minutes tops. I have used this metaphor in a variety of presentations and discussions, and most people seem to like it.


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