Case Studies of Interdisciplinary Research in the Canadian Context

Professor Colin H.W. Jones
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The Canada Foundation for Innovation has been funded to the sum of $3 billion for the period 1999 to 2010. Applications in the Natural, Applied, Health and Social Sciences, and in particular in Interdisciplinary areas are all entertained. Examples will be presented of Interdisciplinary initiatives from SFU that bring together faculty from many of our disciplines and which are beginning to reshape how research is approached, at least within our University.
Building on the University's Strategic Research Plan which actively promotes and supports Interdisciplinarity, the University has also established a research fund, which will provide funding of up to $500,000 per annum for five years (renewable) to individual interdisciplinary research projects that cut across existing departments and Faculties. Both the Strategic Research Plan and examples from the funding program will be discussed.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary research funding, Building interdisciplinary research teams
Stream: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Professor Colin H.W. Jones

Director, Major Research Projects Office, Office of the Vice President Research, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Founding faculty member in Chemistry at SFU 1965. Served two terms as as Chair of Chemistry (1979-88) and two terms as Dean of Science (1988-99). I served for two years as Executive Director for International Relations, 1991-2001 before becoming involved with Major Research Projects.In this latter role I work with faculty applying for major research grants in the Natural and Applied Sciences and in the Social Sciences and Humanities. In particular, applications to the Canada Foundation for Innovation has been a principal focus of the past three years. This program encourages interdisciplinarity and this has now become a major theme of the univesity's strategic research direction.

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