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.