ENCOMM is an interdepartmental, intercollegiate and interdisciplinary center with the goal of nucleating and fostering collaborative teams in the area of materials research. This mission is carried out through three principle activities:
- The hosting of a weekly internal seminar wherein faculty can speak to faculty about their current research with the goal of soliciting input and recruiting partners with complementary expertise
- A seed funding program (closely allied with the CEM and IMR) to support these team-based research projects until they are competitive for external block funding
- Support for open-access research infrastructure and technical support staff to bridge between the technical capabilities of individual research groups and facilitate the expansion of individuals and teams into new areas of research
These activities serve both to promote the most effective aspects of interdisciplinary science and to knit together the materials community across the Ohio State campus.