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November 4, 2020

Chapman Center for Rural Studies seeks proposals for its annual Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Submitted by Dustin Vann

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies' pre-proposal submission deadline for its second annual Interdisciplinary Research Grant is quickly approaching.

A center of excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chapman Center is seeking RSCAD-based proposals from faculty teams in the College of Arts and Sciences who represent at least two disciplines to foster interdisciplinary research engaging with rural communities. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Nov. 19.

Successful faculty teams will receive the following:

• Up to $10,000 in summer stipend.
• Travel support, up to $3,000.
• Up to four paid undergraduate research assistants.
• Research and administrative space.
• Communication and media support.
• Student mentorship, professionalization and student research space.
• Technical, software and hardware support.
• Advisory and administrative support.


The purpose of this grant is to encourage faculty to work creatively and collaboratively with scholars outside their specializations to generate new insights into the dynamics of rural life through partnerships with rural Kansas communities or with the potential to improve the quality of life for rural Kansas residents. These insights might relate to rural economies, social structures, health outcomes, education, transportation, politics, community identity and memory, demographics and/or the environment. The proposal should describe how and why their project will use the unique skills and disciplinary knowledge of each faculty participant, as well as how they will include undergraduate research assistants into the work of their project.

Chapman Center  Interdisciplinary Research grants are limited to one year and ideally, will lead to longer, externally funded initiatives.

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 Chapman Center's Online Journal for Rural Research and Policy.

Find instructions for completing the pre-proposal. Please submit pre-proposals to chapmancenter@k-state.edu by Thursday,Nov. 19, for consideration. Finalists will be asked for a full proposal leading to an interview the week of Jan. 15, 2021.

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