The Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has announced five inaugural collaborative grants for as much as $15,000 each, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships.
Three of the research projects involve one or more Penn Integrates Knowledge, or PIK, professors, a group of Penn academics committed to working across different disciplinary boundaries.
“Public problems rarely organize themselves along the established lines of academic disciplines,” Mark Alan Hughes, the faculty director for the Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative, said. “The opportunity for faculty to collaborate across their fields of research can create new insights into many public problems.”
Engaging faculty from eight of Penn’s 12 schools, the projects are: