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October 14, 2019

Spring 2020 faculty grant opportunity

Submitted by Laura Perez

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies, a center of excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences, calls for pre-proposals for its new annual Interdisciplinary Research Grant beginning in the spring 2020 semester. The center is seeking RSCAD-based proposals from faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences who represent at least two disciplines; to sustain rural communities locally, regionally and nationally.

Successful faculty teams will receive the following:

  • Research and administrative space.
  • Paid undergraduate research assistants (up to four).
  • Communication and media support.
  • Technical, software and hardware support.
  • Advisory and administrative support.
  • Travel support (up to $3,000).
  • $10,000-$15,000 in stipend (summer salary).

The purpose of this new grant is to encourage faculty to work creatively and collaboratively with scholars outside their specializations to generate new insights — i.e., discoveries —  into the dynamics of rural life today — economies, social structures, health outcomes, education, transportation, politics, community identity and memory, demographics and/or the environment — with recommendations for improving the quality of life for rural residents now and in the future. The proposal should describe how and why their project will use the unique skills and disciplinary knowledge of each faculty participant. Chapman Center Interdisciplinary Research Grant grants are limited to one year and ideally will lead to longer, externally funded initiatives.

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies is an award-winning center for public engagement. Proposals for the Interdisciplinary Research Grant should reflect this commitment with a clearly stated pathway of engagement with rural residents to ensure their participation and support.

The center is a nationally recognized center for instruction and publication in the digital humanities. The findings of the Interdisciplinary Research Grant teams are expected to be made available to a wide audience through a peer-reviewed online journal such as the Online Journal for Rural Research and Policy, located in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

Finally, the Chapman Center is committed to providing research experience to promising undergraduates, especially in those fields that are not traditionally laboratory-based.

Request pre-proposal guidelines directly from Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, center director, at blynn@k-state.edu for review by Nov. 1. Finalists will be asked for a full proposal leading to an interview the week of Dec. 2-6.