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Multidisciplinary Resources


Next Wave editors around the globe have assembled the following list of links that should help you learn more about multidisciplinary careers, education, and training programmes. We'll start with a list of past Next Wave features that highlight multidisciplinary research areas--and the scientists that are working in them. But you can also find information about multidisciplinary research centres around the globe, selected multidisciplinary training courses, and various sources of funding to support multidisciplinary research and training.

Multidisciplinary Research






Biomedical Engineering

Biomimetic Robotics


Biophysical Chemistry

Integrative Physiology


Multidisciplinary Centres

North America

Center for NanoScience and Technology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Center for Nanospace Technologies, Texas, for research in aerospace, energy, life sciences, shipping, and transportation.

The Centre for Chemical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.

Ontario Agricultural College with fields such as computational and environmental sciences, genetics, proteomics, and toxicology covered.


The National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Tsukuba, Japan

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Tohoku University, Japan

The Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore

The Centre for Biomedical Materials Applications & Technology at the National University of Singapore

The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative at the National University of Singapore

The Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Bioengineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IRC) have been set up across the UK to bring disciplines together. Among them are the IRC in Biomedical Materials at Queen Mary University of London, the IRC in Superconductivity at Cambridge University, and the IRC in Polymer Science and Technology at the Universities of Bradford, Durham, and Leeds.

Interdisciplinary Research Groups and Centres in medicine-related fields at the University of Edinburgh, UK

Interdisciplinary centres at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK

Centre for NanoScience, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Münich, Germany

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, Germany

List of Interdisciplinary Research Centres and Consortia at Lund University, Sweden

Courses and Training

North America

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training ( IGERT) programs are available across the U.S. in a wide range of multidisciplinary areas such as the IGERT in Geographic Information Science at the University of Buffalo, New York, Subsurface Biosphere Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at Oregon and Portland State Universities, and Optical Molecular Bio Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.

The Interdisciplinary Training in Primary Health Care Research program at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, is open to mid-career clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, MD residents doing research fellowships, graduate students, and outstanding undergraduate students.

The National Institute for Nanotechnology has training opportunities for some 275 graduate and postdoctoral researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy, and medicine.

Want to pursue your own unique interdisciplinary area of study? Then consider a do-it-yourself graduate degree under the auspices of the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia. A similar program runs at the University of Ottawa.


The Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology


The Interdisciplinary Research Masters Degree in The Science and Engineering of Materials based at the School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, is open to graduates in physics, chemistry, mathematics, metallurgy, materials science, or any engineering discipline. EPSRC sponsorships and university bursaries are available.

The International Space University based in Strasbourg, France, is offering 2-months' experience or a Master of Space Studies.

Well, that was a taste of what is available to you. Now, if you want to track down a graduate programme in any part of the world and in any key area of science, you might want to use the search tool.


North America

The National Science Foundation is offering funding for multidisciplinary research projects.

The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research maintains a list of funding opportunities.


Although the Discipline Hopping Award is the most widely known, it is far from being the only funding that the MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, and PPARC are offering jointly to multidisciplinary researchers.

The Deutsche Forshungsgemeinshaft in Germany also offers grants to support interdisciplinary research. Click here for an English version.

The CNRS in France is funding and coordinating interdisciplinary programmes in its areas of interest.

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