Fostering Interdisciplinary Research


Many of the 200+ GW faculty pursuing sustainability research are affiliated with one or more of the university’s 10 institutes and centers engaged in sustainability-related inquiry. Each of these institutes and centers provides the architecture for faculty to collaborate in a particular area, from battling antibiotic resistance to engaging in corporate responsibility, energy management and issues of social equity, among others.

With the launch of the Capital Partners Solar Project in 2014, GW expanded its partnership with the solar developer, Duke Energy Renewables, to create a fund to promote and encourage interdisciplinary research on energy innovations. With support from the fund, faculty from law, engineering, business, and the sciences are collaborating on projects addressing renewable energy, the future of the grid, and greenhouse gas capture.

The Provost’s office also helps faculty across the university develop and submit proposals to additional funders for interdisciplinary sustainability research. For example, the new Sustainability Research Fellowship provides funding for five students to conduct sustainability-related research with a faculty adviser.


ANNOUNCEMENT: The Call for Proposals is now open for Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund.  Deadline is December 1st, 2018.