University initiatives for implementing undergraduate research (UR) often falter or become diluted when crossing disciplinary borders that define the internal organization of university institutes and departments. The core defensive argument presented by the disciplines is that of differing research approaches, such that the experience of implementing UR within one discipline is not necessarily transferable to others. This paper introduces a typology of forms of research, which can cross disciplines and support a case for – and inter-departmental cooperation towards – implementing UR. Evidence is provided from universities funded by the German teaching reform initiative (Qualitätspakt Lehre).