Rice University’s InterDisciplinary Excellence Awards (IDEA) promote the development of new research or academic partnerships that extend across multiple schools to engage faculty in new and creative scholarship. A minimum of three faculty extending across at least two schools is required.
These awards are for high-risk/high-reward proposals. It is expected that these awards will lead to proposals that generate new centers or multi-PI programming.
Awards are funded up to a maximum of $75,000 and may extend for up to two years ($75,000 total).
No InterDisciplinary Excellence Award may be used for summer salary, purchase of research equipment, or reducing teaching responsibilities.
Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Proposals must be submitted by a group of at least three faculty extending across at least two schools. Please inform your department chairs that you have applied.
The review of proposals will be carried out by the Vice Provost of Research with input from the University Committee on Research. Committee members who are applicants to this fund will not participate in proposal reviews.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Proposals must be submitted using this webform by February 1, 2020. Proposals must include the following documents in PDF format: