Transformative Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education
National Science Foundation

Impact of Transformative Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education on Academic Institutions specific recommendations for how universities and granting agencies can best support interdisciplinary research and training in the coming years.

In May 2008, a two-day workshop was held in Arlington, Virginia with the
goal of defining the progress of interdisciplinary research and graduate
education and their impacts on academic institutions. The workshop was
sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Education and Human Resources, Division of Graduate Education, Integrative
Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program.

The workshop was convened because of the growing acknowledgment of
the importance of discoveries and outcomes of interdisciplinary, cuttingedge science and technology for economic and societal growth and vitality. Recognizing the many impacts of interdisciplinary research can catalyze a change in the landscape of U.S. universities to value and increase
interdisciplinary graduate education.