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Drexel Areas of Research Excellence

The Drexel Areas of Research Excellence (DARE) initiative is focused on building distinctive interdisciplinary signatures across the university. Although Drexel University has no shortage of renowned disciplinary research, scholarship, and creativity strengths, it is the fact that the university assimilates this unique breadth of disciplines that creates such a fruitful environment. Creating innovative, unique, and strategic collaborations at the intersections of existing areas of strength will lead to truly transformative outcomes.

The DARE initiative will provide resources such that four or five small groups of faculty and students can each spend a year in deep thought about an interdisciplinary research signature that spans at least three of our schools and colleges.

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Identify 4-5 scholarly areas where Drexel can take a leadership position nationally and internationally
  • Stimulate the formation of effective multidisciplinary research teams
  • Facilitate the submission of large, multidisciplinary proposals to governmental agencies, private industry, foundations/non-profits, and/or philanthropic sponsors
  • Elevate the visibility of Drexel's unique research foci understanding that some fields traditionally aspire to funded awards and others will seek honorific awards and recognition

For more information on the DARE initiative, please visit the DARE competition on the Drexel University Funding Portal or join us at an interactive Information/Networking Event on one of the following dates from 3:00pm - 5:00pm:

Friday, January 22, 2016 - Main Campus
George D. Behrakis Grand Hall, which is adjacent to the Main Lounge in the Creese Student Union Complex, 3210 Chestnut Street

Friday, January 29, 2016 - Center City Campus
New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street, Lecture Hall A

Each interactive Information/Networking Event is open to all Drexel University faculty and fellows, and professional staff engaged in the research enterprise. This is an opportunity to learn more about the DARE and the opportunity to create innovative, unique and strategic collaborations across schools and colleges throughout the university.

To further promote and support teaming across schools and colleges participating in each session, a networking reception will follow.

Registration Information

In order to participate, you must register.

     To register for the Friday, January 22, 2016 Main Campus event, click here.
     Registration will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2016

     To register for Friday, January 29, 2016 Center City Campus event, click here.
     Registration will close at 5:00pm on Monday, January 25, 2016

Should you have questions regarding these events, please contact Gwynne Scheffer at