Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Origination Awards

    The IDR Origination Awards foster new interdisciplinary research projects at BYU that lead to future external funding. Research proposals should rely on collaborative partnerships across department and colleges. These partnerships should emerge from shared research interests and be developed in light of external funding opportunities, institutional strengths, and academic priorities.
The proposal should:

    • Create strong potential for external funding following the IDR award
    • Build or strengthen interdisciplinary research partnerships
    • Demonstrate the potential to produce significant impacts
    • Have a clearly articulated problem statement
    • Identify measurements of success and achievable milestones

    Teams consisting of tenure-track faculty with members from at least 3 different departments from two or more colleges at BYU.

Scope of Award and Use of Funds
    Each team can propose up to $60K per year for two years with the funds distributed across multiple colleges. IDR Origination Awards must be used to support interdisciplinary research that leads to proposal(s) for external funding. Funds may be used for allowable costs consistent with university rules for travel, equipment, supplies, contractual services, and core/shared user facility use. Funds also may be used for salary to support the project efforts of graduate and undergraduate students and/or technical personnel under the supervision of project investigators, where data collection is required as a part of the effort to enhance competitiveness. Funds may NOT be used to replace current funding from another source; for renovation, remodeling, or alteration of research laboratories or core/shared facilities; for instructional release/course buyout. Recipients are expected to actively pursue external funding and submit a proposal for external funding by the end of the award.

Number of Awards
    It is expected that 3 awards will be made each year, as funding and proposal quality permit.

Proposal Components
    • Letter of endorsement from the department chair of the PI
    • Abstract, appropriate for a broad audience (250 word limit)
    • Project narrative that describes the proposed interdisciplinary research, the investigators, and possible sources of future external support (5 pages). Include the following elements:

      • Introduction that provides background or rationale for the project; identifies the current status of the research; describes the project’s long-term goals and short-term objectives
      • Timeline for submission of external funding proposal and potential sources of external support
      • Proposed plan which describes the project’s expected outcomes; the project methodology; identifies specific research or scholarly activitiesto which funds will be applied and how these investments will enhance the competitiveness of the project for external funding; describes the
      interdisciplinary team and how the IDR Origination Award will enable the team to successfully obtain future external support

• References (1 additional page)
• CV for all faculty involved in the project (2 pages maximum for each faculty member)
• Current and Pending Support
• Budget
• List of potential external funder(s) and a timeline for applying to them

    Using the form at Letter of Intent submit a letter of intent by December 7, 2018. The deadline for full proposal submission is 5:00 p.m. January 25, 2019. Award notification will take place by March 15th, 2019 and project funding can begin between April 2nd and July 31st. Please send your application in one PDF document. Use Times New Roman font in 11 point or larger, single spaced with 1″ margins. Send proposals to Conrad Monson at or Kristen Kellems Use the subject line “Application for IDR Origination Award.”

Review Process
    The University Research Committee, or a subset thereof, will be tasked with reviewing the proposals and making funding recommendations to the AAVP-Research.

    Reporting: Due three months after end of grant. The final report should describe external proposal(s) and their status, student mentoring activities, publications, and other results of note.