2018 IDR Award Winners

BYU’s Research Development office, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President of Research, has recently started the largest internal grant program in the history of the university.

BYU faculty can earn up to $120,000 through the Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Origination Awards, two-year grants that are meant to help faculty conduct research across disciplines that will lead to additional funding from external sources.

Three teams received the first ever IDR Origination Awards this past March: sociology professor Lance Erickson and a team doing Alzheimer’s research; humanities professor Troy Cox and collaborators doing second language literacy research; and plant and wildlife professor Neil Hansen leading a group doing irrigation system research.

Grant awardees said the funding they received from BYU helped them gain enough traction to be strong candidates for external funding. The three winning project’s primary investigators in last year’s IDR Origination Awards will present at this year’s Research Networking Event, sponsored by BYU Research Development.


2018 Research Networking

Research Development is sponsoring the 7th Research (Speed) Networking Event. The objective of speed networking is for faculty to gain knowledge about research in different colleges and disciplines and to network for possible collaboration opportunities with colleagues in these disciplines. The event features 3 minute research presentations from 30-40 faculty with additional attendees who will listen but not present. The event will take place on Tuesday August 28, 2018 (the second day of the Annual University Conference) from 9:30-12:00 pm with lunch to follow. Presentations will be organized according to topics and a schedule of presentations will be provided for those who can’t participate in the whole event.

Faculty who participated in previous events identified potential research collaborations and gained a greater understanding of research activities across different disciplines. They were very positive about the experience. Additional details for this event will follow; for those who would like to signup for the event now, please follow the link: 2018 Research Networking Sign Up. For those who want to see the presentations from past events, go to the Faculty Research page on our RD website.
For questions, call Sarah Dorff (2-0132), Kristen Kellems (2-8967) or Conrad Monson (2-7722).

May 14-17th BYU Faculty Proposal Development Bootcamp

On May 14-17, 2018 from 9am-2pm (lunch provided) in 270 MB, there will be an instructor-led program for learning and applying proposal writing skills. Faculty who attended in the past have found this “bootcamp” to be very helpful in their proposal development efforts and have written successful proposals. At the end of this writing-focused experience, you will have created the first draft of a proposal. Dr. Jon Balzotti, a BYU expert in proposal writing, will provide hands-on writing instruction.
Day 1: How do I create logically structured proposals?
Day 2: How do I use proposal slots to answer the funder’s major question?
Day 3: How do I create a value proposition?
Day 4: How do I tailor my proposal to catch the attention of busy reviewers?

Go Bootcamp sign up to register for this year’s bootcamp. For questions, call Kristen Kellems (2-8967), or Conrad Monson (2-7722).

Air Force IEEE Presentation

Learn about the Air Force Innovation Plans and how faculty and businesses can be part of that planning.
A speaker from IEEE-USA will provide a summary of the engagement initiative launched by the Air Force in September 2017.
To develop a Science and Technology Strategy, Air Force officials are hosting listening sessions or ”Innovation Workshops” throughout the country that can guide their approach to research and defining high priority technical issues. Through these workshops, the community of science and technology experts will be able to evaluate and highlight innovative technical progress in areas of research of interest to the Air Force and make recommendations to improve the way in which the Air Force conducts science and technology programs.
This presentation will provide an overview of the current Air Force science and technology strategy and will discuss ways to submit feedback on various topics including cyber offense, sensors, and logistics and how to get involved in the Innovation Workshops.
For more information about the workshops, go to innovation workshops.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
12:00 – 1:00
Light lunch provided.
279 MB

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