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CurrentPast Collaboratives — Application Procedures — Information for Conveners

Application deadline: noon Friday, February 3, 2017

Application system is now open!

Information session power-point slides

Overview

Each year, the Institute supports a limited number of research/creative collaboratives. These collaboratives promote synergistic interdisciplinary activity that can be challenging within departmental structures. Collaborative activities vary: some collaboratives work together on projects or convene reading groups, others meet regularly for works-in-progress discussions or public workshops and other programs. Some collaboratives incorporate a public component that encourages connections with the community. We are particularly interested in forward-thinking work that is a model for attempting something new; we are less interested in speaker series or other activities that might be supported in existing structures. Examples of current collaborative work include weekly “build sessions” organized by the Internet of Things, improvisation sessions at specific ecological sites organized by Improvising Ecosystems, and the Heritage collaborative’s development of a cross-collegiate graduate curriculum in conjunction with the Minnesota Historical Society. Research/creative collaborative members are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute by making their activities open and accessible. The Institute seeks participation from all colleges, schools, and campuses at the University and encourages student participation in collaboratives.

Collaboratives are organized and directed by conveners, usually a group of 2-4 people. Collaborative conveners constitute the leadership of the collaborative and are jointly responsible for determining the agenda of the collaborative. You may list up to four co-conveners of a collaborative. Most collaborative have many participants in addition to the conveners; only people willing to be responsible for the collaborative’s administration should be listed as conveners.Conveners may be University faculty, students, or staff, or non-University community members. If none of the conveners are faculty members, the collaborative should show evidence of faculty participation. An individual may be convener of only one collaborative, but may participate in more than one collaborative. Current IAS advisory board members and staff may not serve as collaborative conveners, but may participate in a collaborative.

Each research/creative collaborative will be provided with a research budget of up to $12,000. These funds are to be used to further the work of the collaborative; faculty salary may not be included. Examples of possible use of funds include bringing in scholars from other institutions to participate for brief periods in the work of the collaborative, purchasing books, purchasing materials in support of creation of an artistic work, or organizing public programming. Funds are provided for the academic year and must be spent by December 2018; successful collaboratives may apply for additional years of funding. Collaborative conveners who envision needing a research assistant are encouraged to apply for a Graduate School Grant-in-Aid of Research for RA funding; those proposals are due February 6, 2017.

The University Libraries are developing a new Interdisciplinary Group Toolkit that you may find useful as you consolidate your proposed collaborative group and work on the proposal.

List of current and former collaboratives.

Submission instructions

Proposals will be submitted via an online system which will be open in January 2017. Technical instructions and link to submission system. Applications must be submitted by noon Friday, February 3, 2017.

Conveners wishing to propose a new Research/Creative Collaborative will provide the following:

  1. An abstract of your proposal, which should not exceed 200 words.
  2. A description of the project, including its significance, goals, and potential outcomes. Discuss why this work cannot be done in existing structures and requires IAS affiliation. Explain how your collaborative advances research or creative work. Discuss how you will measure and evaluate achievement of your goals and outcomes. If your collaborative engages a community outside the University, be sure to identify that (1,500 words).
  3. A tentative list of activities that the collaborative intends to carry out (one page).
  4. An itemmized budget and budget narrative with specific estimates of costs and explanation of why budget items are necessary. Maximum amount is $12,000. Faculty salary may not be included. Please ask only for funds actually needed; we welcome proposals for any amount up to the maximum. Include information on any other funding requested or received for the project.
  5. Two-page curriculum vitae for each convener, combined into one document.
  6. A list of people participating in the collaborative, with departmental or other organizational affiliation.


Conveners wishing to apply for an additional year of funding for an existing or former Research/ Creative Collaborative should provide the following:

  1. An abstract of the project, which should not exceed 200 words.
  2. A report on your collaborative’s activities and accomplishments to date and discussion of future plans for the project. Describe how the collaborative is rooted in and having impact on the University—for example, development of teaching related to the collaborative’s work, the collaborative’s involvement in recruiting graduate students, conference presentations and/or publications coming out of collaborative activities, public engagement activities. Explain how you have measured and evaluated achievement of your goals and outcomes. Discuss how being located in the IAS makes possible work that cannot otherwise be done in existing structures. If your aims or goals have changed from those proposed in your initial application, explain how and why. Your discussion of the significance of the proposal may refer to your original proposal. Please note that in the past, selection committees have rejected requests for refunding when they found the applications to be perfunctory in their descriptions of the project or that fail to demonstrate development in the collaborative’s research/creative agenda (1,000 words).
  3. Short statements from 3-5 collaborative members explaining how participation in the collaborative has benefited their work. Each statement should be no more than one page. These should be combined into one document.
  4. A tentative list of activities that the collaborative intends to carry out (one page).
  5. A budget and budget narrative with specific estimates of costs and explanation of why budget items are necessary. Maximum amount is $12,000. Faculty salary may not be included. Please ask only for funds actually needed; we welcome proposals for any amount up to the maximum. Include information on any other funding requested or received for the project.
  6. Information on other funding requested or received for the project.
  7. Two-page curriculum vitae for each convener, combined into one document.
  8. A list of people participating in the collaborative, with departmental or other organizational affiliation.
  9. A copy of your collaborative’s application for the most recent year in which it was funded by the IAS. This should include the description, budget, and statements from collaborative members (if these were required). Do not include convener CVs from this earlier application (see #7 for required CVs for the current application). If you do not have an electronic copy of your application, contact Susannah Smith slsmith@umn.edu.

Proposals for Research/Creative Collaboratives should be submitted via the online system by noon, Friday, February 3, 2017. Questions about the program may be directed to IAS Director Jennifer Gunn gunnx005@umn.edu or 626-5149. Questions about submission requirements may be directed to Susannah Smith, slsmith@umn.edu or 624-2921. We hope to make decisions by mid-March, 2017.

Updated 12/7/2016