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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 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 within existing structures. Examples of current collaborative work include building partnerships with local schools to engage with K-12 students, community workshops on food sustainability and sovereignty, and coordinating performances and screenings of rarely-encountered concerts and films. 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. 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, conducting a field trip, purchasing materials or services in support of creation of an artistic work, or organizing public programming. Funds are provided for the academic year 2019-2020 and must be spent by December 2020; 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 4, 2019.
 
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 Friday, February 1, 2019. 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 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. 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)
  2. A tentative list of activities that the collaborative intends to carry out (one page).
  3. An itemized 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.
  4. Two-page curriculum vitae for each convener, combined into one document.
  5. A list of people participating in the collaborative, with departmental or other organizational affiliation.

 Click here to apply for a NEW IAS Research and Creative CollaborativeNOTE: 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. A 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. A tentative list of activities that the collaborative intends to carry out (one page).
  4. An itemized 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. 

 
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. 

 
Proposals for Research/Creative Collaboratives should be submitted via the Google Forms by noon on Friday, February 1, 2019. 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, 2019.