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U of Virginia launches program to encourage interdisciplinary research collaboration and attract seed funding


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 11th, 2018

The University of Virginia is launching a new program that will make it easier for researchers to collaborate and secure seed funding.

The 3 Cavaliers (3C) program will help faculty members connect and pursue new innovative projects, with the potential for significant external funding. Created in partnership with all 11 of UVA’s schools, the program is aimed at fostering a collaborative research environment through early stage funding of cross-disciplinary teams.

3C provides funding for groups of three faculty members from at least two disparate disciplines, located in different units or schools, to advance high-risk research that might not yet be ready for more traditional funding.

“By engaging faculty members across disciplines, the research capacity of the university will be strengthened, and faculty teams will be positioned to be highly competitive for extramural support from federal agencies and philanthropic organizations,” says Melur K. Ramasubramanian, vice president for research at UVA.

Faculty members can access 3C through a web app that contains an extensive faculty expertise database, with profiles on researchers featuring live data feeds and up-to-date information on teaching, sponsored awards and publications. The web platform also shares data on projects seeking research partners and/or funding.

Source: UVA Today

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