Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), in response to the recommendations of the Illinois Innovation Summit, is launching the Interdisciplinary Innovation Initiative (In3) program to stimulate innovations in interdisciplinary research and education across campus.

The In3 program will facilitate collaborations that support innovative research and education activities that will chart new directions and enhance campus interdisciplinarity, including innovations focused on the integration of research and education through, for example, the creation of new interdisciplinary curricula that build upon strong research programs. In3 will support transformative, high-risk/high-reward research and education activities with the potential to obtain long term funding from external sources. These can include initiatives not yet ready for external funding; and those in areas where there is presently little prospect for external funding.

The In3 program will invest $1,500,000 in FY12, of which at least $400,000 will be devoted to projects in interdisciplinary health sciences research and education.

The due date for submission of proposals is February 15, 2012. The proposals should be submitted electronically through OVCR webpage ( Awards will be announced by April 15, 2012, with a start date of May 16, 2012.

                PI of an In3 proposal must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in an academic unit on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Co-PIs may include faculty and other academic staff on campus. No external collaborators should be included in the proposal.

For detailed program information, see OVCR website:

Sincerely yours,

Ravi K. Iyer
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research


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