Alan J. Tessier, Population and Ecology Cluster, National Science Foundation
What is the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education? For more than a decade funding agencies, such as NSF, have promoted interdisciplinarity in many new funding initiatives. In this presentation I review the motivation for this emphasis, and examine how it has influenced the development of investments by NSF in nanotechnology, environmental science, and sustainability. I review various incentives that promote interdisciplinary, including NSF funding programs, and discuss the impediments that limit the extent of interdisciplinary research and education within academia. The presentation will highlight NSF funding programs that support networking and research at the interface of natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences.