IDR Award Reminder

Don’t forget- If you would like to submit a proposal for an Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Origination Award, you must submit your Letter of Intent by Friday, December 7.

Research Development will hold a seminar on Tuesday, December 18 at 12:00 pm for those who have submitted their Letters to review criteria for preparing and submitting proposals.

More information can be found here.

Army Research Labs

Army Research Lab

If you would like to attend the seminar, and/or meet with an ARL representative, sign up here!

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Computational Sciences
  • Information Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Materials Research (including Energetic Materials)
  • Energetic Materials Research- “ARL’s energetic materials research includes chemical synthesis and formulation, molecular dynamics simulations, computational chemistry, ignition and combustion studies, and propulsion physics. This research supports critical developments in gun, rocket, and missile weapons technologies.”
  • Lethality Division- Looking for possible collaborations with experts in detonation physics- Contact Conrad Monson (, 2-7722) if interested

  • We will also learn about ARL West’s (Playa Vista, CA) technical focus areas, which include:
    o Human Information Interaction
    o Contextual Analytics
    o Hybrid Human Interfaces
    o Integrated Analysis and Assessment
    o Joint Human-Agent Decision Making
    o Cybersecurity
    o Embedded Processing
    o Intelligent Systems

    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.