Call for Concepts

The Institute for Advanced Study provides small grants, project development assistance, and fundraising support for promising, early-stage, interdisciplinary project ideas, especially ideas that align with IAS priorities. We seek to incubate ideas that may go on to become IAS-administered grant-funded projects. 

Funding of up to $5,000 is available to support grant development activities. We welcome ideas at any stage of development.

IAS Priorities

  • Advocating for racial justice 
  • Strengthening community engagement
  • Expanding international partnerships
  • Creating pathways for institutional transformation



Faculty, instructors, staff from any University of Minnesota system campus


What kinds of projects has the IAS developed and administered?

Since its inception, the IAS has formally and informally developed many large and small grant-funded projects. These examples of past and current projects below demonstrate the scope of IAS experience in project development and administration.


What could the incubation process include?

  • Brainstorming and clarifying project ideas, vision, and timelines
  • Connecting with potential funders and navigating funding cycles
  • Facilitating relationships (Internal and external) to advance projects
  • Developing robust project narratives and proposals that align with potential funders
  • Understanding budget needs and developing budgets and budget narratives
  • Navigating SPA requirements, shepherding proposals from development to submission


What could IAS grant administration include?

  • Joining a community of interdisciplinary scholars
  • Assistance working with SPA
  • Staff support for financial processes, such as paying honoraria and purchasing, financial reporting, and budget management for small projects
  • Facilitate hiring and manage HR and payroll services
  • Residential home for postdoc or other visiting scholars 

Note: large and complicated projects should include funds for a project manager as well as communications and/or media staff. The need for such positions can be discerned during project and budget development.


Application Instructions

Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis and an IAS staff member will reach out in two to four weeks. 

Applications are submitted through InfoReady Review. You will complete a short form (your name, email, and department or office affiliation) and upload a document that consists of the following elements:

  1. What is your project idea? (200 words max)
  2. Why do you want to work with the IAS? (150 words max)
  3. What is the timeline you envision to develop and implement the project? (150 words max)
  4. Who are the key collaborators, participants, and stakeholders at the University of Minnesota and beyond?
  5. How does your project engage communities beyond the university? (150 words max)
  6. What short-term financial support is needed to develop the idea and how would it be used? (100 words max)
  7. What other kinds of project and grant development support is needed? (150 words max)

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Note: The IAS has limited funds available to allocate to grant development activities. Once these funds are used, additional funding will not be available until the next fiscal year, but grant development support may be available.