Interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is an important feature of the UK research base.

As a term, it is often understood in many different ways. It is used here to refer to the full spectrum of interdisciplinary activity including cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work.

Studies into interdisciplinary research

The following reports consider some of the issues associated with interdisciplinary research.

Each report explores the issues from a different perspective but collectively they:

  • highlight a range of barriers and incentives for interdisciplinary research in the UK
  • explore the challenges associated with assessing interdisciplinary research
  • provide some real-world examples of 'what works' in supporting an interdisciplinary research culture in today's higher education research providers.

This research will inform the work of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel.

The Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel

The Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel (IDAP) advises the REF team, REF panel chairs and the UK funding bodies on the approach to support the submission and assessment of interdisciplinary research (IDR) in the REF.