Western Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives (IDI) 2020-21

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Delay Notes (Jan 20/21): The review and adjudication process for IDI has been delayed, the timelines have been revised. The revised timelines are below.

Materials for the full applications will be made available when the results from the LOI adjudication are released.

StageOriginal timelineRevised timeline
Invitations to submit full proposalsBy January 15By February 10
Deadline for full proposalMarch 30April 15
Dean’s comments on full proposalsApril 15April 22
Full proposal resultsBy April 30By April 30
Grant start dateMay 1May 1

Program Overview:
Funded by the Provost and the Vice-President (Research), Western’s updated Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives (IDI) program is intended to seed new interdisciplinary collaborations and support and grow nascent and existing interdisciplinary collaborations. 

The application process includes an adjudicated LOI and a full application by invitation only. For further information on the application process and adjudication criteria, please see the program guidelines.

What this program is for:  

  • Catalyzing the activities of Emerging Teams  
  • Expanding the activities of Established Teams 

What this program is not for:

  • Undergraduate or graduate program proposals (refer to the Academic Priorities Fund) 
  • Sustaining existing infrastructure or programs 
  • Supporting the direct costs of research activities 

Western will invest up to $4 million over 4 years in IDIs, with a notional investment of $1 million/year. IDIs will be considered under two streams:

  • Stream 1: Emerging teams: Maximum $25,000 over one year
  • Stream 2: Established teams: Maximum $200,000 over two years

Important Dates:

December 1, 2020Deadline for ROLA and LOIs to be submitted to intgrant@uwo.ca
December 15, 2020Deans submit a letter ranking proposals hosted by their Faculty to intgrant@uwo.ca
January 15, 2021Invitations to submit full proposals
March 30, 2021Deadline for ROLA and full proposal to be submitted to intgrant@uwo.ca
April 30, 2021Application results
May 1, 2021Grant start date

Program details, guidelines and LOI forms are available at: https://www.uwo.ca/research/funding/internal/idi.html

For further information or questions, please contact intgrant@uwo.ca

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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