Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence

Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAE)

In 2013, Binghamton University developed a new approach to hiring faculty and supporting research by creating five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs):

  • Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging
  • Health Sciences
  • Material and Visual Worlds
  • Smart Energy
  • Sustainable Communities

The TAEs address critical social, scientific, technological, economic, cultural and policy issues that can best be addressed by teams of faculty employing the perspectives and methodologies of multiple disciplines. All are areas of inquiry in which Binghamton has developed strength in research and graduate education and raise complex questions. 

In the past four years, Binghamton has recruited 78 new faculty to the TAEs. These individuals joined more than 100 members of the Binghamton faculty who have elected to participate in one of the TAEs.


Each TAE is guided by a faculty steering committee of 12-15 members. The steering committees identify new faculty positions necessary to support the work of the TAEs; participate in recruitment of TAE faculty; offer seed grants to faculty through a competitive process; organize symposia, conferences, and workshops; and foster research collaboration.

Because the TAEs have been successful in recruiting outstanding faculty, creating intellectual community, promoting collaboration and supporting research, Binghamton will create a sixth TAE. The provost has issued a request for proposals for a new TAE, inviting faculty to collaborate with colleagues from multiple departments and schools to identify a new area in which Binghamton has existing research strength and that engages complex, critical issues. Proposals must be submitted online by Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Seed grant program

The Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAE) Seed Grant Program funds collaborative projects that connect faculty across different methodologies and disciplinary specific understandings in order to stimulate the advancement of new ideas that can build Binghamton University’s expertise and reputation.

The Seed Grant Program is currently in place for all TAEs. Proposals are due Feb. 1, 2017. Eligibility and requirements are available online (pdf, 594K).

Proposal cover page fill-in form (pdf, 113K).

Budget page fill-in form (pdf, 246K).

Hiring FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Binghamton University's Transdicsiplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs), including the role of TAEs in the hiring process.

Last Updated: 1/27/17