Northeastern University’s Colleges and Office of the Provost provide support for interdisciplinary research through the TIER Awards programs. These awards seek to stimulate exciting new directions in interdisciplinary research and increase the competitiveness of external proposals.

TIER 1: Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program

This competitive program provides funds to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for multidisciplinary teams to develop new and innovative research directions. An explicit strategy for securing external funding must be outlined. Total support of up to $50,000 for 15 months is available, provided by College(s) and Senior Vice Provost for Research (SVPR). Funding cannot be requested for faculty salary support.

Between FY12 – 17, TIER 1 grants totaling $6.4 million were awarded to 133 interdisciplinary teams. To date, the returns on those investments include over $47 million in award-related funding, 325+ publications, and more than 650 presentations at scholarly conferences and meetings.

TIER 2: Federally Designated Centers; Major Programs Initiative

The SVPR and the Dean(s) will provide incentive support to faculty groups pursuing large, multi-disciplinary Federal funding opportunities. Grants of up to $75,000 may be requested to facilitate the preparation of highly competitive proposals and/or post-award annual operating support up to 10% of the IDC, or post-award cost sharing support.

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TIER 3: Campus-wide Research Initiatives Program (CRIP)

This competitive program provides support for development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives and centers that will position the university to become a national leader in an emerging or sustained area of research that responds to a national or societal need.  Successful applicants will receive planning grants of up to $150,000 and post-CRIP designation support of up to $150,000 for a designated time period.

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