This competitive program provides support for development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives and centers that will position the university to become a national leader in an emerging or sustained area of research that responds to a national or societal need. Successful applicants will receive planning grants of up to $150,000 from the SVPR (2/3) and participating Dean(s) (1/3).

Applications for TIER 3 funding should present the following:

  • Identify opportunities and assess competition
  • Develop plan to establish Northeastern’s capacity to lead in the field of study:
    • Define actions to be undertaken: for example, developing relationships with internal and external collaborators, industry contacts, and program officers, developing collaborative research, etc
    • Demonstrate capacity: sponsoring symposia, conferences, joint publications
    • Milestones
    • Deliverables
  • Identify a funding strategy including targeted submissions

TIER 3 Awards have been made to support the following initiatives:

  • Center for Ocular Regeneration & Diagnostics – COE, COS, DMSB
  • Development of an Affective Science Institute – BCHS, CCIS, COE
  • My Skin Technologies – COE, CRI
  • Next Generation Money-Laundering Tools for Financial Institutions – CCIS, CSSH
  • NU Center for Speech Science and Technology – BCHS, CAMD, CCIS, COE, DMSB
  • NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks – CCIS, CSSH
  • Scalable Data Analytics Institute – CCIS, COS

Rolling deadline

TIER 3: Application Form