2016 Provost Symposium for Multidisciplinary Research

The next wave of innovative research from George Mason University was kick-started last year thanks to $500,000 in seed grants from the Provost’s Office. In 2015, the office funded 14 projects working at the intersections of the disciplines, which could in turn lead to Mason researchers landing larger grants as they continue their research. It’s part of Mason’s strategic plan to support research of consequence.

To spur research that reaches across fields, the Provost’s Office is organizing a second symposium in 2016 to bring researchers together under the theme of Security. The deans from the Volgenau School of Engineering, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs are serving as co-chairs.

The objective of the symposium is to introduce colleagues from across campus to each other and to introduce faculty to funding agencies. Faculty members, researchers, and interdisciplinary innovators are encouraged to attend the Symposium on February 12, 2016 and consider submitting proposals that respond to the pressing issues and research challenges – regionally, nationally, and globally – that face us today. All proposals will be vetted through a competitive peer review process.

A number of the proposals will be awarded seed grants to provide a means for these teams to advance their research agenda. Proposals that are linked to the focus area of the Spring 2016 Symposium (i.e., security, broadly defined) are strongly encouraged.

Goal of Seed Grants
Our goal is to provide seed grants that will support cutting-edge initiatives put forward by multidisciplinary teams of investigators across academic units. These teams can be comprised of Mason faculty, staff, students, and/or community partners and must be supported by the leadership of involved units. The awarded seed grants will provide catalyst funding to pilot projects that support truly innovative ideas, foster collaboration across colleges and academic units, strengthen work in one (or more) of Mason’s intellectual signatures, strengthen undergraduate and graduate student learning experiences, and afford opportunities for external funding in the future.