Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives

About the Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program

The Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives Program (IDIs) provides seed funding for projects that further Western’s research and teaching mission, attract scholars and graduate students to our University, and bring prestige to Western. These IDIs, led by leading or emerging academic scholars, have articulated undergraduate, graduate and research dimensions, and involve the participation and collaboration of individuals across disciplinary boundaries.

Round Seven of the Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program:  Call for Nominations

The 2015-16 University budget included an allocation of $4 million to the IDI Program, to be distributed over the 2015-16 through 2019-20 four-year budget planning period. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, the 5th and 6th round of the IDI Program resulted in the distribution of $1 million to four projects in 2015-16 and $ 977,000 to three projects in 2016-17. In 2017-18, another distribution of up to $1 million will be competitively awarded from this allocation.

Proposals must be submitted through Deans Offices and received in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty) by February 2, 2018.

Follow this link for the procedures, criteria and terms of reference for the Program utilized in Rounds One through Six of the Program, and to be used again in Round Seven. The updated forms can also be found at this link.

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Rounds One through Six of the Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program

The IDI Program has funded 30 projects to date: eight projects in 2007-08; five projects in 2008-09; six projects in 2010-11; four projects in 2012-13; four projects in 2015-16 and three projects in 2016-17. Each year, an interdisciplinary committee selected these projects for funding from a total of 87 proposals received. Over the first six rounds of the Program, $6.6M has been distributed.

The funded projects (listed below) include proposals that aim to develop new research institutes, graduate programs, undergraduate programs, and a range of other ventures. Each title in the list below is a link to a more detailed description of the project.