FY23 TIER 1 College Priorities and Preferences

Each college has declared their individual college priorities and preferences for FY23 TIER 1 funding. Please note that this list is not absolute, and is published to provide guidance in developing projects that align with colleges’ priorities.

Each TIER 1 team should carefully consider the college priorities for each of their PI’s college(s). 

Individual College Priorities and Preferences:


  1. Interdisciplinary studies using computational tools in system chemical biology, drug discovery and therapeutics development. Computational tools that leverage AI / ML approaches are preferred.
  2. Teams from COE that partner with Bouvé collaborators in Nursing and/or Communication Sciences and Disorders, and/or teams from Bouvé that partner with COE collaborators in Bioengineering and/or Chemical Engineering.
  3. Interdisciplinary teams that combine AI / ML approaches with data on behavioral health, especially mental health, chronic disease, and movement/physical activity.
  4. Interdisciplinary teams in health data science and health informatics, especially forming synergies with OHDSI and Roux.
  5. Interdisciplinary collaborations that leverage research partnerships with NU’s global network.
  6. Interdisciplinary teams that are composed of researcher and Bouvé clinical faculty members, enabling integration of basic and applied scientific discovery.


CAMD will prioritize applications that accomplish at least several of the following:

  • Support junior faculty without previous TIER 1 funding
  • Offer RA positions to one or more CAMD graduate students
  • Identify a targeted external research grant application as an explicit objective of the TIER 1 project
  • Connect to initiatives at one of CAMD’s three research centers, and propose a framework for continued center collaboration
  • Position CAMD to connect with one or more university-wide initiatives (i.e. a cluster, an institute) in a defined and sustaining way
  • Propose the creation of specific industry partnerships and describe how they will be built/maintained
  • Engage with central areas of focus within CAMD, including but not limited to media innovation and social change, spatial equity and equitable design, data and data representation, and design in relation to AI and emerging technologies


The college is open to *all* proposals that are highly responsive to the review criteria outlined in the application (an interdisciplinary team involving other colleges is required.)

Additional consideration is given to proposals with some or all of the following criteria (not listed in order of importance):

  • Involves COE faculty who are assistant professors and/or have not received a TIER 1 previously.
  • Explores a new/emerging area for the college, e.g. Internet of Materials or other emerging areas, or is clearly responsive to national priorities.
  • Teams from COE that partner with Bouvé collaborators in Nursing and/or Communication Sciences and Disorders, and/or teams from Bouvé that partner with COE collaborators in Bioengineering and/or Chemical Engineering.


COS Priorities include:

  • Collaborative proposals that can seed larger, cross-college efforts
  • Proposals that open fields, or where scientific leadership may be an outcome
  • Proposals with broad relevance to the Environment, across departments and fields
  • Topic categories include:
    1. Health of Oceans, Coasts and Land
    2. Sustainable Energy, Climate Change
    3. Brain, Cognition, Mind and Mental Health
    4. Development, Regeneration and Aging
    5. Inherited or Infectious Disease, Antimicrobials
    6. Omics
    7. Natural and Designed Chemicals, including Green Chemistry
    8. Novel Techniques and Methodologies that Open Fields
    9. Data Science, Machine Learning and AI applied to Scientific Problems
    10. Any Topic that can be justified by the PI


Applied research in global, experiential learning and work-based learning in the following high impact areas:

  • Fostering diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Improving community resilience and sustainability
  • Advancing Entrepreneurship and Networked Innovation
  • Innovation in applied analytics and machine learning 


Strong proposals will:

  1. Include strong cross-college collaborations
  2. Articulate how the work proposed relates to the university’s priorities in sustainability/health/security as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and/or one or more of the college’s areas of strategic focus:
    1. Resilience, Sustainability, Health, and Equity
    2. Cultural Transformations, Governance, Globalization
    3. Network Science, Digital Humanities, and Information Ethics
  1. Includes attention to analysis of hierarchies, intersectionality, and racism
  2. Articulate a sound plan and timeline for external funding
  3. Show potential for impact on scholarly recognition and/or external communities
  4. Include students in the budget, especially doctoral students in their five years of funding
  5. Advance the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts
  6. Include community partnerships or engagement
  7. Involve newly tenured faculty and/or junior faculty proposing new or highly innovative research
  8. Show potential for high impact involvement of colleagues who have not received TIER 1 funding before


DMSB is interested in proposals related to our strategic priority of Digital Convergence, which we define as the integration of the physical, digital, and human resources resulting in consolidated digital and physical ecosystems (See the D’Amore-McKim 2025 plan). Humanics integrates human capabilities, technology, and data. We are interested in projects that open pathways to connecting our faculty to other colleges and expanding external funding. Junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Areas of interest include:

  • Fintech and data analytics—machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, healthcare analytics, data visualization
  • Global business—resilience, sustainable supply chains
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation—technology strategy, IoT
  • Diversity, inclusion, and belonging—changing nature of the workplace, building a sustainable economy


  1. Pathway to future research:
    • Demonstrably new area of research for CCIS faculty
    • Demonstrated need for pilot funding to prepare for extramural funding
    • Identified extramural funding source
    • Good likelihood of follow-on extramural funding
    • Potential for launching broader research program (5-year plan)
  2. Scientific/Intellectual merit:
    • Impact on disciplines involved
    • Innovative
    • Soundness/rigor of research plan
  3. Supports new cross-unit collaborations
  4. Societal/broader impact
  5. Prioritize tenure-track faculty without funding
  6. Prioritize projects that serve to increase diversity and/or decrease bias as a primary outcome
  7. Prioritize projects whose funding primarily supports women or minority students


NCH’s TIER 1 priorities include interdisciplinary initiatives in relation to:

  • AI ethics and governance
  • computational social sciences and digital humanities (including place-based initiatives)
  • health humanities
  • higher education and pedagogy (including EdTech)
  • sustainability


In alphabetical order:

  • Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity
  • Global and community sustainability
  • Healthcare and policy
  • Human rights
  • Income inequality
  • Race and criminal justice
  • Systemic crisis