Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration

The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) program is a prestigious, externally-funded, invitation-only program linked to the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). It is designed to provide you an opportunity to work together with fellow undergraduates at other world class universities.

This is a credit bearing unit which can contribute towards your degree. Visit the Unit Handbook page here.

What we do in IRC

You will work in a small multidisciplinary research team to construct a research grant proposal. Experienced professionals from academia and industry will provide interactive Masterclasses where you will receive support and guidance through the grant writing process. During the Program, you will gain unique opportunities to collaborate with fellow undergraduate peers at other world class universities in Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and North America. Following the successful completion of the Program, all research grant proposals will be reviewed and a select few will receive funding to carry out their projects.


  • Acquire and hone highly sought-after skills in research and leadership
  • Develop competency and agility to work in a global, cross-cultural environment
  • Identify and develop research synergies across disciplines
  • Learn to write up research for different publication genres including refereed journals
  • Refine your ability to communicate complex research findings and ideas to intelligent multidisciplinary audiences