Improving Outcomes from Interdisciplinary R&D

Principal Investigator: Beverly Tyler

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Award Period: 09/01/2015 - 08/31/2018

Amount: $233,640

Description: The specific intent of this research is to understand how researchers involved in interdisciplinary R&D projects achieve greater scientific impact and more rapid migration to clinical translation depending on: 1) their knowledge meshing abilities developed from prior experiences; and 2) the nature of the disciplines represented on the interdisciplinary projects they are participating in. Through an analysis of the 124 researchers in the eight Nanomedicine Development Centers (NDCs) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, this research will assess the effects of experiences scientists have doing interdisciplinary science on the change in the number, impact, and type of their publications. It will construct an approach to assess the implications of interdisciplinarity that can be applied across science and engineering sectors reliant on interdisciplinary interactions to expand their technological frontiers.