We support tenure-track and tenured faculty at Colgate University to bring their interdisciplinary research ideas to light. With our major grants, you could receive up to $150,000 annually for a maximum of two years.

Join us on this exciting journey of discovery and help expand the horizons of interdisciplinary research!

Project Scope

Your project should merge multiple disciplines to address a complex scientific challenge. The proposal must be scientifically sound and aim for significant contributions to the field. It should require expertise beyond what a single discipline can offer. While major projects usually last two years, we're open to especially ambitious projects with a shorter timeline.

Got an idea? You can discuss it with the Institute Director, Ahmet Ay, or any member of our Executive Advisory Committee.

Check out projects we've funded before

Submitting Your Proposal


Deadline: November 27, 2023

Faculty intending to submit a proposal to the institute must first provide a pre-proposal. This should include:

  • a concise two-page description of the project's goals and participants' roles
  • a separate 1-page budget overview
  • a two-page CV for each collaborator



Deadline: January 26, 2024

Following the Executive Advisory Committee's review of pre-proposals, selected projects will be invited to submit a full proposal. This should include:

  • a cover page
  • a one-page summary
  • an eight-page project narrative
  • a yearly budget with category breakdowns
  • a budget explanation
  • a two-page CV for key participants
  • up to 10 pages of supporting documents


When your pre-proposal is ready, please send it to pickerISI@colgate.edu. For more detailed guidelines, please see the file.