Research and Creative Collaboratives Application

Application Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021 at noon

IAS Research and Creative Collaboratives 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 and collegiate structures. Collaborative activities vary and may include working together on projects, convening reading groups, works-in-progress discussions, or public workshops. 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 within existing structures. Examples of the work of current collaboratives include an initiative to expand the University’s work in prisons, workshops on critical disability studies, and facilitated conversations about equity and access in health care. 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. The conveners constitute the leadership of the collaborative and are jointly responsible for the administration of the collaborative. Conveners may be University faculty, students, or staff, or non-University community members; at least one convener must be a member of the University community; we strongly encourage some 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. We are explicitly reserving funds for a number of collaboratives with budgets of $6,000 or less. 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, conducting a field trip, purchasing materials or services in support of creation of an artistic work, honoraria for community partners, or organizing public programming. Funds are provided for the academic year 2021-2022 and must be spent by December 2022; successful collaboratives may apply for additional years of funding. Renewing collaborative awards will be capped at $10,000. Collaborative conveners who envision needing a research assistant are encouraged to apply for an Office of the Vice President for Research Grant-in-Aid of Research for RA funding, proposals are due February 1, 2021. (Please note that the IAS does not administer the Grant-in-Aid program.)

For a list of current and former collaboratives, see https://ias.umn.edu/collaboratives.
 

Submission Instructions

Proposals will be submitted online via Google forms. Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday, January 29, 2021. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT PARTIALLY COMPLETE AN APPLICATION AND SAVE IT TO EDIT LATER. We strongly suggest that you compose the application text in advance and paste it into the form. Uploaded documents must be either Word or PDF; budget documents may be in Excel, Word, or PDF.

 

CONVENERS WISHING TO PROPOSE A NEW RESEARCH/CREATIVE COLLABORATIVE WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

Fields to be filled in on the form:

  1. Collaborative name
  2. Name, email, and departmental (or other) affiliation of each collaborative convener.
  3. An abstract of your proposal, which should not exceed 200 words.
  4. Statement of how you have considered making this an interdisciplinary project: how did the group come together, how did you seek participants, and what was the logic of your search for participants? (200 words)

Documents to be uploaded:

  1. 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)
  2. Tentative list of activities that the collaborative intends to carry out (one page).
  3. Itemized budget with specific estimates of costs. 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 and encourage applications for budgets of $6,000 or less.
  4. Budget narrative describing why budget items are necessary and explaining basis for cost estimates. 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. List of people participating in the collaborative, with departmental or other organizational affiliation.

Click here to apply for a NEW IAS Research and Creative Collaborative
NOTE: you must be logged in to Google with your UMN email address to access this form. 

 

CONVENERS WISHING TO APPLY FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR OF FUNDING FOR AN EXISTING OR FORMER RESEARCH/CREATIVE COLLABORATIVE SHOULD PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

Fields to be filled in on the form:

  1. Collaborative name
  2. Name, email, and departmental (or other) affiliation of each collaborative convener.
  3. An abstract of your proposal, which should not exceed 200 words.
  4. Statement of how you have made this an interdisciplinary project: how did the group come together, how did you seek participants, and what was the logic of your search for participants? (200 words)

Documents to be uploaded:

  1. Report on your collaborative’s activities and accomplishments to date and discussion of future plans for the project (1,000 words). 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 connected with 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, which the IAS will provide to reviewers. 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)
  2. 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; combine all statements into one document.
  3. Tentative list of activities that the collaborative intends to carry out (one page).
  4. Itemized budget with specific estimates of costs. Maximum amount for renewing collaboratives is $10,000. Faculty salary may not be included. Please ask only for funds actually needed; we welcome proposals for any amount up to the maximum and encourage applications for budgets of $6,000 or less.
  5. Budget narrative describing why budget items are necessary and explaining basis for cost estimates. Include information on any other funding requested or received for the project.
  6. Two-page curriculum vitae for each convener, combined into one document.
  7. List of people participating in the collaborative, with departmental or other organizational affiliation. 

Click here to apply for an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative RENEWAL
NOTE: you must be logged in to Google with your UMN email address to access this form. 


Timeline & Questions

Proposals for IAS Research and Creative Collaboratives should be submitted via the above linked Google forms by noon on Friday, January 29, 2021. Questions about the program may be directed to IAS Director Jennifer Gunn ([email protected]). Questions about submission requirements may be directed to Susannah Smith ([email protected]). We hope to make decisions by mid-March, 2021.