As a land-grant institution, Auburn University is committed to advancing knowledge and discovery through application and scholarly work. To promote successful interdisciplinary research, scholarship, creative work, and engagement activities, it is important to identify existing multidisciplinary opportunities for research and cultivate new ones.
In Fall 2014, the Provost's Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development launched the University's first Strategic Hiring Initiative. Designed to align Auburn's research with funding trends, strengthen the faculty, and enhance the University's research performance, the initiative began with nearly 50 faculty members who presented synopses of their scholarly work with others in Auburn's intellectual community.
Following a rigorous proposal process, the following five strategic research cluster proposals were selected for funding. These clusters represent faculty from every college and school and will support the university's capacity to advance interdisciplinary research.