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October 19, 2022

Chapman Center Interdisciplinary Research Grant pre-proposals due Oct. 28

Submitted by Dustin Vann

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 deadline for pre-applications is Oct. 28.

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. 

Successful faculty teams will receive the following:

  • Up to $10,000 in summer stipend.
  • Support for travel and/or supplies — up to $3,000.
  • Up to four paid undergraduate research assistants.
  • Research and administrative space.
  • Communication and media support.
  • Student mentorship, professionalization support 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 pursue scholarly and/or creative work that centers on the Great Plains. We welcome proposals from a range of disciplines exploring any aspect of Great Plains life, including economies, social structures, health outcomes, education, transportation, politics, community identity and memory, demographics and/or the environment, among others. We especially value work that creates partnerships with rural communities or with the potential to improve the quality of life for rural residents. Chapman Center Interdisciplinary Research Grants are limited to one year and ideally will lead to longer, externally funded initiatives.

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 in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

Finally, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies is an award-winning center for public engagement and engaged student research experiences. Proposals for the Interdisciplinary Research Grant should reflect this commitment with a clearly stated pathway for broader impact among rural communities and opportunities for undergraduate research experiences. Preference will be given to projects that engage and collaborate with rural stakeholders and include undergraduate research.

Descriptions of previously funded projects and instructions for the pre-proposal can be found at k-state.edu/chapman/research/irg/.

Pre-proposals should be submitted to chapmancenter@k-state.edu by Oct. 28 for consideration. Finalists will be chosen by Dec. 9. Finalists will be asked for a full proposal leading to an interview the week of Jan. 14, 2023.