Case Studies of Interdisciplinary Research in the Canadian Context
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
Professor Colin H.W. Jones
Director, Major Research Projects Office, Office of the Vice President Research, Simon Fraser University