Research and Creative Collaboratives Application

Application Deadlines:
Monday, October 10, 2022 at noon
Monday, February 7, 2023 at noon

IAS Research and Creative Collaboratives Application Instructions

Each year, the Institute supports a limited number of Research and Creative Collaboratives. 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 examination of marginalized media from around the world, facilitated conversations about equity and access in health care, and piloting a training program on Inclusive Science Communication. Research and 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 system campuses across the University and encourages student participation in Collaboratives. For a list of current and former Collaboratives, see the main Research and Creative Collaboratives webpage.

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. 

Available Funds

  • New Collaboratives will be provided with a budget of up to $12,000.
  • Renewing Collaborative awards will be capped at $10,000.
  • We are explicitly reserving funds for a number of Collaboratives with budgets of $6,000 or less.

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.

Funding Cycles & Award Timeline

  • Collaboratives are funded for an 18-month period; successful Collaboratives may apply for additional funding rounds.
  • Collaborative awards from the Fall 2022 application round are for the period January 2023-June 2024. (Awards will be announced in December 2022.)
  • Collaborative awards from the Spring 2023 application round are for the period July 2023-December 2024. (Awards will be announced in April 2023.)
     

Application Instructions

Proposals will be submitted online via InfoReady Review. Uploaded documents must be either Word or PDF; budget documents may be in Excel, Word, or PDF.

Click the appropriate dropdown below to view instructions for those wishing to propose a NEW Research and Creative Collaborative, or those wishing to RENEW (apply for an additional year) funding for an existing or former Research and Creative Collaborative.

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Propose a New Research & Creative Collaborative

Propose a New Research and Creative Collaborative

Fields to be filled in on the form:

  1. Name, email, and departmental (or other) affiliation of each Collaborative convener.
  2. Collaborative title
  3. Amount requested
  4. An abstract of your proposal, which should not exceed 200 words.
  5. Additional conveners. You may have a total of 6 co-conveners, including the person submitting the application. List each person in the section “Co-Applicants” (below the documents upload). In addition, list each co-convener’s email in the field “Add Other Email Addresses for Notifications.

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 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? 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 justification 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 (opens in new tab). 
NOTE: You will need to log in with your UMN account.

Renew an Existing or Former Research & Creative Collaborative

Renew an Existing or Former Research and Creative Collaborative

Fields to be filled in on the form:

  1. Name, email, and departmental (or other) affiliation of each Collaborative convener.
  2. Collaborative title
  3. Amount requested
  4. An abstract of your proposal, which should not exceed 200 words.
  5. Additional conveners. You may have a total of 6 co-conveners, including the person submitting the application. List each person in the section “Co-Applicants” (below the documents upload). In addition, list each co-convener’s email in the field “Add Other Email Addresses for Notifications.

Documents to be uploaded:

  1. 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 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 justification 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 (opens in new tab). 
NOTE: You will need to log in with your UMN account. 


Questions

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]).