Become a member


BJI members benefit from a rich environment that helps interdisciplinary researchers to achieve meaningful outcomes and enhances local, national and global engagement and impact.

BJI programs and activities aim to:

  • facilitate interdisciplinary research on strategic themes of societal importance
  • mobilize teams of experts from different backgrounds, disciplines and sector
  • support the recognition of interdisciplinary work and impact.

Member benefits

The BJI supports its members through a variety of programs and services. Whether you need support with interdisciplinary research ideas, building a team, coordinating funding proposals, or training related to leadership and innovation, we are here to help. Most importantly, you will become part of a vibrant interdisciplinary community that welcomes diversity and collaboration.


Priority setting & strategic planning

> Facilitated events to support interaction among diverse stakeholders

> Supported exploration of interdisciplinary research ideas

> Coordination of development of major funding proposals

Interdisciplinary team building

> Identification and engagement of talented individuals across sectors

> Bridge or liaison to local, national, and international partners

Profile & reputation

> Promotion of specific areas of interdisciplinary strength and impact

> Advertisement of member profiles and achievements

Interdisciplinary growth & development

> Mentorship support related to leadership, innovation and impact

> Professional development for investigators, trainees, staff and partners

Interdisciplinary resources & supports

> Interdisciplinary research and research training

> Competitive funding support

> Coordination with other units and resources on and off campus

> Leadership for effective consultation, resourcing and sustainability

"The culture and community are just as important as the funding at BJI. Western is recognized nationally as one of the top musculoskeletal research-intensive institutions, but if you want to really build on that strength, we need to foster people's entire careers not just start them. BJI is poised to do both.

TOM APPLETON, Physiology & Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

"The BJI was instrumental in getting a collaborative team together. Building consensus on large scale research programs has huge potential for finding solutions that will improve patient outcomes and reduce burden on health and social systems.

YOLANDA HEDBERG, Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Membership criteria

Interested in becoming a BJI member? Have a look at our membership criteria.