Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) Initiative

An annual funding initiative to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration across UNH


UNH holds a deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and academic excellence to address issues facing UNH, our state, region, and beyond. CoRE supports this vision by providing five funding opportunities that collectively reinforce a broad culture of interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, planning, and support.

CoRE is funded through the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement, and Outreach to support interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts driven by UNH researchers that address local, regional, and world issues.

The CoRE initiative launched in FY18 and has invested more than $2 million in 74 interdisciplinary awardees through annual competitions. Over its first three years, 46 interdisciplinary project teams received awards. CoRE-funded projects have reported a breadth of research and scholarship outputs that include over $134 million in external grant proposal submissions; $44 million in new awards; 33 courses impacted by CoRE-related teaching and instruction; 130 activities such as conferences, workshops and presentations engaging over 8,000 academic, community, and industry partners; and numerous manuscripts and publications.

To learn more about CoRE, see previously funded projects, access collaboration resources, and more:

Please contact Maria Emanuel ( if you have any questions about CoRE.


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Fourteen research teams representing 79 UNH faculty and staff from across the university as well as 19 external partners have received CoRE funding for FY22.


FY2022 projects fall into four categories:

Strengthening Existing Centers better positions existing interdisciplinary research centers for success


Leads: Harlan Spence, director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and Katharine Duderstadt, research scientist in the Earth Systems Research Center

Supporting Large, Complex Proposal Development provides funding to shape and position major, interdisciplinary external grants (annual budget greater than or equal to $3.5 million) for success. 

Proposals to Fly Space Science Center Instrumentation on the NASA GDC Mission

 Leads: Lynn Kistler, professor of physics and astronomy and Jim Clemmons, professor of physics and astronomy

Pilot Research Projects provides one year of seed funding for collaborative research projects with strong potential to attract future
funding from external sources and/or with outstanding commercial potential.

Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WrMSDs) Prevention Team

Lead: Diliang Chen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Assessment of Food Environment and Health Behaviors Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic in NH Hispanics

Lead: Carlota Dao, assistant professor of agriculture, nutrition, and food systems

Neuroinflammation Team

Lead: Sherine Elsawa, associate professor of molecular, cellular, and biomedical sciences

The Beetle Aerial Tracking Team (The BAT Team)

Lead: Jeff Garnas, associate professor of natural resources and the environment


Lead: Shawna Hollen, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

Civic Health Team

Lead: Michele Holt-Shannon, director of NH Listens

Thriving with Theater

Lead: Elizabeth Moschella, research scientist in the Prevention Innovations Research Center

Tumor-on-Chip for Drug Delivery

Leads: Sarah Walker, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and biomedical sciences and Linqing Li, assistant professor of chemical engineering


Lead: Kai Ziervogel, director of the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory

Interdisciplinary Working Groups support groups of faculty for one year 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.

The SLATE IWG:  Developing a Science Language Arts TEachers (SLATE) Collaborative PD Model


Leads: Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, associate professor of English and Bethany Silva, research assistant professor of education

The Nature Economy Collaborative  

Lead: Shannon Rogers, associate extension professor of community and economic development

Cybersecurity Assessment Testbed for Advanced Manufacturing (CATeAM)  

Lead: Qiaoyan Yu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering

Abstracts of these projects are available on the CoRE website here.




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Learn more about CoRE and the CoRE TEAMs

Contact Information

Mark Milutinovich
Phone: (603) 862-5338

Maria Emanuel
Phone: (603) 862-4377