From using digital models and maps to enhance the understanding of historical landscapes, to exploring novel approaches that help with early identification of autism, to accelerating energy innovation, interdisciplinary research at Duke University takes many forms and can range from a single scholar to a cross-campus team of investigators.
University-wide institutes, initiatives and centers are catalysts for interdisciplinary research, though Duke supports many types of innovative scholarly research and artistic activity that crosses the boundaries of departments and schools. Their support for interdisciplinary research begins with logistical assistance. Collectively, the institutes and initiatives annually manage around $31 million in grants for faculty across the university. They also supply crucial technical services and training to faculty and students across Duke and administrative support, funding and space to a wide assortment of interdisciplinary centers, working groups, projects, labs and scholarly networks. The Social Science Research Institute, for example, offers a protected network exclusively for sensitive research data.
Bass Connections, a university-wide initiative, brings together faculty and students from all levels and schools to work on interdisciplinary research teams.