Started in May 2003, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) is a 15-year project supported with a grant from the Keck Foundation. The basic goal of the Initiative is "to realize the untapped potential of interdisciplinary research." It is a noble and very exciting project, and visitors with a penchant for cross-boundary interdisciplinary research and related matters will want to look over the site and tell colleagues about it. First-time visitors can learn about their upcoming conferences, peruse past conference presentations, and learn about grants offered by the NAKFI. One area of note is the "Interdisciplinary Study Report", which takes an in-depth look at the steps that "researchers, teachers, students, institutions, funding organizations, and disciplinary societies can take to more effectively conduct, facilitate, and evaluate interdisciplinary research programs and projects." Additionally, some of the past conference presentations here include "The Future of Human Healthspan: Demography, Evolution, Medicine, Medicine and Bioengineering" and "Smart Prosthetics: Exploring Assistive Devices for the Body and Mind".


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