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Interdisciplinary Research Fund supports six innovative projects

Lori Dillon, March 9, 2017

Six teams of researchers from across McMaster's Faculties have been awarded $20,000 each from the Interdisciplinary Research Fund (IRF).

The fund, now in its second year, supports research projects involving two or more Faculties and is intended to build and strengthen academic, industry and community networks to better position research teams to apply for major external grants.

Rob Baker, vice-president, research, says there’s a real enthusiasm among the academy to collaborate on research projects, and the IRF is the perfect platform to test out the long-term viability of potential partnerships.

“The interest in IRF speaks to our researchers' commitment to collaborate with their peers in order to tackle research issues from a variety of perspectives and, ultimately, advance their work,” he says, noting the program’s value extends beyond the cash investment and serves as a springboard for future initiatives.

The competition attracted 31 applications including more than 115 researchers.

See the full story and list of projects here.