Our goal is to increase proposal success rates and to help establish and grow high-impact research programs — from early-stage planning to developing competitive proposals and executing awards successfully.
We partner with other campus offices to help faculty navigate the CU Boulder research enterprise. We help junior faculty connect with key stakeholders and secure early career and young investigator funding. We also provide comprehensive support for research proposals that are large, collaborative (more than $1M annual funding) and/or strategically significant to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Interdisciplinary Research Themes
In line with our college vision, in 2018 faculty defined six unique themes that built off our strengths, aligned with future opportunities, and could provide transformational societal impact. These themes have since helped guide college investments in faculty hires, shared research facilities and seed funding thanks to the leadership of the directors and participation of the faculty, staff and students.
Coming out of a review and in discussion with the department chairs and IRT faculty directors, we intend to fund two of the initial IRTs – Autonomous Systems and Multi-Functional Materials – for another two years at a lower level of funding. The remaining four IRTs remain important to the college's research portfolio. Their webpages and research communities will continue here as a resource for all.
The college will be initiating two to three new interdisciplinary themes this spring.