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September 27, 2021

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

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 third annual Interdisciplinary Research Grant. The center is seeking RSCAD-based proposals from faculty 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 Oct. 15.

Successful faculty teams will receive the following:

  • $12,500 in funding to include a summer stipend, travel support and payment for up to four 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 in the work of their project. Chapman Center Interdisciplinary Research Grant grants are limited to one year and, ideally, will lead to longer, externally funded initiatives.

The center is nationally recognized for its 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, a part of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

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 for broader impact among rural communities, with preference given to projects that engage and collaborate with rural stakeholders.

A description of the center's current grant recipient project, "Grassland Conservation Landscapes in a Wildfire Context: Rural Emergency Response and Resilience," and instructions for the pre-proposal can be found online

Pre-proposals should be submitted to chapmancenter@k-state.edu by Oct. 15 for consideration. Finalists will be asked for a full proposal leading to an interview the week of Nov. 15.

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