The Second Century Initiative (2CI) is in its fourth year. The 2CI is expected to add at least 100 faculty between 2010-2015. Its primary goal is to build nationally and/or internationally recognized strength and critical mass around common research themes to enhance Georgia State University’s overall quality, interdisciplinary richness, and competitiveness. It is designed to build upon the University’s strategic plan, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. An expected outcome is the acceleration of collaborative faculty research to support the expansion of new knowledge, scholarship and research activities. The initiative is also intended to increase our level of competitive, federally funded research and to elevate GSU’s overall recognition for excellence in research.