In 2011, the Office of Research created the Interdisciplinary Research Support Office (IRSO) with the mission to:
• support and foster Rice faculty members’ effectiveness in extramural support for their multi-investigatory, interdisciplinary, scholarly and research activities
• provide exceptional services to our community through experienced and knowledgeable leadership, and a solid administrative framework.

Furthering the Vision for the Second Century (V2C) – Interdisciplinary centers, programs, and institutes offer Rice an opportunity to leverage our small size by bringing together and integrating strengths across the institution. University resources should be available to support faculty and departments seeking collaborative opportunities as such help is often needed to overcome the significant barriers to interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration that continue to exist. This requires us to infuse our most basic processes and structures-such as search committees and faculty appointments-with a greater interdisciplinary element.