The MI-CCSA program is aimed at helping start sustainable, collaborative programs of research by cross-disciplinary teams of faculty from science departments in primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). The program is focused on helping early career faculty jumpstart research programs that tackle complex scientific problems. The research project should be one that could not be effectively approached by an individual researcher or a group of researchers within the same discipline or sub-discipline. Rather, it is aimed at projects that, by their complexity and interdisciplinary nature, require a cross-disciplinary team approach to achieve significant progress and sustainability. In addition, the proposed research should help enhance interdisciplinary educational activities at the home institution. Please see our press release for a list of recent awardees.
a. Fund highly significant research projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, produce peer-reviewed publications and subsequently attract competitive funding for continuation.
b. Fund projects that will build teams of students and faculty that cross traditional disciplinary and department boundaries.
c. Help early career faculty to establish long-term, sustainable and productive research programs.
d. Advance undergraduates to careers in science.
e. Facilitate the development of an academic culture that supports and encourages cross-disciplinary and collaborative research and teaching.
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