As a part of President Ono’s universitywide Strategy to Amplify Research and Scholarship, the Bold Challenges Initiative has launched the Boost program, which will support early-stage teams whose transdisciplinary projects have “great potential to secure large-scale funding and find solutions to problems that affect our society on a massive scale.”

Of the eight teams selected, U-M Sociology Department Chair Elizabeth Armstrong will be in the “Building Trustworthy Environments: Advancing Knowledge about Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Universities, Healthcare, and Communities” group. Armstrong, who is also a Sherry B. Ortner Collegiate Professor of Sociology, will be joined by faculty from the school of Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, and Gender Studies.

Armstrong's team, as well as the other selected groups, will receive expert support in communications and grant proposals, as well as $75,000 for activities that “strengthen its capacity to conduct groundbreaking research.” This funding can also be used for testing, purchasing materials, and hiring undergraduate and graduate researchers.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Armstrong and the rest of her team for their continued multidisciplinary work towards advancing understanding of sexual and gender-based violence in higher education. 

Read more about the Boost program and other selected research teams.