Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) Initiative

An annual funding initiative to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration across UNH

UNH holds “A Deep Commitment to Interdisciplinarity” as one of six visions and values for the university to pursue.

In 2017, UNH launched a new Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) initiative to support faculty engagement in a broad range of interdisciplinary activities. CoRE consists of multiple funding opportunities that will collectively reinforce a broad culture of interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, planning, and support.

The inaugural CoRE competition supported 22 projects involving over 100 researchers from across UNH.

Thank you to those that submitted applications to the 2nd Annual CoRE Initiative. We received 61 applications seeking over $1.7M in funding.

Applications are currently undergoing peer review and funding decisions will be announced by July 1, 2018.

We anticipate awarding $400,000 in support  through the five funding opportunities decribed below that will collectively reinforce a broad culture of interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, planning, and support.

Details can be found by clicking on the specific opportunities below or visiting MyPages at UNH.

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Interdisciplinary Working Groups will support groups of faculty to convene around research topic areas to build awareness and relationships across disciplines, allow for cross-fertilization of ideas, identify potential collaborative research opportunities, and provide a venue for finding partners.

  • Funding and Duration: Up to $15,000 per working group for projects lasting 1 year
  • Expected Number of Awards: 5-10
  • 2018 Proposal Deadline: 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 9, 2018

Interdisciplinary Working Groups

Pilot Research Partnerships will seed-fund collaborative research projects with strong potential to garner future funding from external sources (including industrial support) and/or with outstanding commercial potential. Projects may be intra-institutional, multi-institutional, or public-private partnerships.

  • Funding and Duration: Up to $30,000 per project, for projects lasting 1 year
  • Expected Number of Awards: 3-5
  • 2018 Proposal Deadline: 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 9, 2018

Pilot Research Partnerships

Creating New Centers will support the establishment of new, interdisciplinary Centers with research programs that have strong potential for significant future funding support from government agencies, corporations, industrial consortia or foundations.

  • Funding and Duration: Up to $200,000 total for a period of two years
  • Must be matched 1:1 by non-OSVPR funds that represent the most appropriate departments, college(s), school(s), etc.
  • Expected Number of Awards: 1 new Center every 2 years
  • 2018 Proposal Deadline: 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 9, 2018

Creating New Centers

Strengthening Existing Centers will better position existing interdisciplinary Centers for success.

  • Funding and Duration: Up to $50,000 total for projects lasting 1 year
  • Must be matched 1:1 by non-OSVPR funds that represent the most appropriate departments, college(s), school, etc.
  • Expected Number of Awards: 1 every 2 years
  • 2018 Proposal Deadline: 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 9, 2018

Strengthening Existing Centers

Supporting Large, Complex Proposal Development will provide dedicated funding and guidance to increase the competitiveness of UNH teams for major, interdisciplinary external grants. To be eligible, proposal development activities must: target a multi-year opportunity (or a combination of opportunities within a single thematic area) with an annual budget greater than or equal to $3,500,000; start at least 9-12 months prior to the expected due date of the targeted funding opportunity; and require a large, multi-investigator team.

  • Funding and Duration: Up to $100,000 per project
  • Must be matched by a minimum of 25% non-OSVPR funds
  • Expected Number of Awards: 2 per year
  • 2018 Proposal Deadline: 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Afterward, proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Supporting Large, Complex Proposal Development

Learn more about CoRE and the CoRE tEamS

Questions?  Contact Mark Milutinovich:  mark.milutinovich@unh.edu