Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund


The goal of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) is to establish collaborative research partnerships within research centers and institutes or between two or more diverse disciplines that encourage strong applications to externally funded opportunities.

  • Applicants should outline how diversity is addressed in the proposed project. This may include, for example, a description of how the research is addressing societal inequalities for groups of disproportionately impacted individuals (across racial/ethnic, gender, socioeconomic lines), or  

  • How full participation of underrepresented groups is attended to, or how broader impacts are integrated, among others.

Emphasis will be placed on junior investigators, first-time applicants, and investigators who are proposing work in a new area of cross-disciplinary research. Proposals to continue or extend previous work will be considered but prioritized accordingly.

Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to articulate how the proposed research and scholarship supports one or more of the university's academic priorities which include:

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CDRF co-investigators must meet the eligibility requirements of being a principal investigator (PI) on an externally funded project. PI eligibility is determined by the schools. Please note that if Institutional Review Board (IRB) review is required, the IRB will continue to have its own PI eligibility criteria  in accordance with their accrediting body’s guidance.


Full Proposal Due: Tuesday February 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM ET via InfoReady.

All required documents for the CDRF competition can be found in the OVPR-InfoReady portal. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the submission process or supporting documentation. Please include "CDRF" in the subject line of your email.  

View the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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