During the last decade, there has been a shift from individual investigator, discipline-based science toward research that crosses departmental and organizational boundaries and is conducted by teams. A primary motivation for this shift is the tremendous complexity of the challenges facing today’s society. Current grand challenges – like those related to global health and food security – can no longer be addressed by individual researchers working in isolation because the innovative science that leads to breakthrough discoveries increasingly occurs at the intersections of multiple disciplines. Therefore, providing opportunities, assurances, and incentives for faculty to network with their colleagues and engage in multi-institutional interdisciplinary research is absolutely critical for Nebraska to improve its research capacity and increase its portfolio of external research funding.
Food for Health
The Food for Health Collaboration Initiative is a comprehensive effort to further enhance Nebraska’s research capacity to address critical societal and human health issues related to food. The University of Nebraska is making an investment to facilitate research collaborations that will encourage faculty to more fully leverage its multi-campus intellectual capacity in order to strengthen their competitiveness for federal research funding. Nebraska EPSCoR also is investing so that all Nebraska research institutions with expertise in Food for Health can strategically partner to grow the state’s research capacity and competitiveness.