Forming Interdisciplinary Research Centers

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Academic, discipline-based research is key to the university's mission. Interdisciplinary research centers expand on that mission by addressing social issues and new learning from multiple perspectives. 

UB's interdisciplinary research centers are usually created through faculty interest or in response to external funding opportunities. Designed to focus on specific challenges, these centers generally cease activities when the objectives are met.

Policies for creating new interdisciplinary centers

This OVPRED policy guides UB interdisciplinary research centers that a) plan to receive university support; b) whose members span at least two schools; and, c) have research as their primary mission. Centers and institutes that report to the Provost are excluded from this policy.