Faculty

International Institute of Research in Paris (IIRP) Faculty Grants

Call for Proposals • 2024

The Executive Committee of the University of Chicago International Institute of Research in Paris is pleased to invite proposals for faculty grants to support research programs and develop scholarly or creative networks in Paris and throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. This call is being issued in anticipation of the Autumn 2024 opening of the new University of Chicago John W. Boyer Center in Paris.

Application Deadline & Submission:
Applications must be submitted on or before Monday, March 4, 2024, through the University of Chicago’s InfoReady Funding Portal. For more information, see the “To Apply” section below. 

About the International Institute of Research in Paris:
Housed within the University of Chicago’s new John W. Boyer Center in Paris, the International Institute of Research in Paris (IIRP) offers innovative possibilities for research, collaboration, and public-facing discourse between University scholars and their partners around the world. The IIRP supports and promotes the University’s engagement throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, fostering intellectual creativity and collaboration among students, scholars, alumni, artists, practitioners, and policymakers.

Grant Program Overview:
This program, funded by the Office of the Provost and the College, aims to activate and amplify networks and collaborations among members of the University research community and members of creative, scholarly and research communities in institutions across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. 

The ideal submission should have clear intellectual or artistic merit, involve a programmatic element, and incorporate meaningful participation and expertise from both the University and one or more partner institutions in the target regions. A limited number of smaller awards for individual research projects will also be offered. 

Wherever possible, outside funding (e.g., research funds, national agency or foundation funding, funds raised by collaborators) to supplement the faculty grant is strongly encouraged.

N.B. Funding may only support activities within the target region of Europe, Africa and/or the Middle East. Activities in other locations, including Chicago, must be supported through other sources.

Applicants may apply for one of the following award categories:

Institute-Based Grants*

Award Type

Amount (USD)

3-Year Collaborations (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2027)

up to $50,000

2-Year Collaborations (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2026)

up to $30,000

Single-Year Collaborations (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025)

up to $10,000

Individual Research Grants (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025)

up to $5,000

* in support of projects that are either based at the UC-IIRP or that engage with the UC-IIRP in a significant way
 

Non-Institute-Based Grants in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East**

Award Type

Amount (USD)

Single- or Multi-Year Collaborations (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2027)

up to $10,000

Individual Research Grants (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025)

up to $5,000

** in support of projects that take place in the target geographic region (Europe, Africa, the Middle East) but that do not engage the UC-IIRP to a significant degree

Applicant Eligibility:
Awards are open to all UChicago faculty and other academic appointees from all schools, divisions, and disciplines. The primary applicant must be a University of Chicago faculty member or other academic appointee. 

Application Guide and Evaluation Criteria: 
For institute-based collaborative awards, applicants should indicate how their proposed project will contribute, through the cultivation of intellectual/artistic networks and institutional collaborations, to laying the groundwork for future activity at the research institute in Paris. These proposals should be based at or include an important component taking place at the IIRP, housed within the Boyer Center. Public-facing activities that will elevate the visibility of the IIRP are strongly encouraged, but are not a necessary condition for obtaining funding.

Eligible activities may include academic and public events (e.g., conferences, workshops, network planning activities, hackathons, lecture series, exhibitions, performances), activities to support the establishment of summer institutes, and research or artistic residencies with network- or institution-building content. Specifically encouraged is the development of long-term thematic research programs in collaboration with partners in the target geographic regions.

The faculty Executive Committee will evaluate these proposals with the following criteria in mind:

  • The intellectual/creative merit of the proposal
  • The broader impact of the project with respect to cultivating enduring networks and/or institutional collaborations connected with partners in Europe, Africa and/or the Middle East
  • The centrality of the IIRP with respect to the programmatic activities

In addition to the above criteria, the committee will consider the reasonableness of costs in relation to anticipated results. 

Non-institute-based collaborative awards may include the same eligible activities as above, located within the target geographic regions of Europe, Africa, or the Middle East.

The faculty Executive Committee will evaluate these proposals with the following criteria in mind:

  • The intellectual/creative merit of the proposal
  • The broader impact of the project with respect to cultivating enduring networks and/or institutional collaborations connected with partners in Europe, Africa and/or the Middle East

In addition to the above criteria, the committee will consider the reasonableness of costs in relation to anticipated results.

Individual research projects should take place in a single year and may include activities such as archival work, data collection, training initiatives, exploratory visits with the aim of establishing scholarly and/or creative networks, and supplementary travel funding. Individual projects taking place at the IIRP should note how they plan to make use of the institute’s facilities.

The faculty Executive Committee will evaluate these proposals with the following criteria in mind:

  • The intellectual/creative merit of the proposal
  • The potential for future impact related to the project and/or network-building

In addition to the above criteria, the committee will consider the reasonableness of costs in relation to anticipated results.

Selection and Award Administration: 
Applications will be evaluated by the faculty Executive Committee of the IIRP and decisions will be communicated before the end of Spring Quarter. For projects taking place at the Boyer Center, IIRP staff will provide planning and logistical support. 

For the purposes of planning and space coordination, several date options should be provided. Applicants who wish to organize projects at the Boyer Center should consider avoiding July and August 2024 (due to the Paris Olympics) and should understand that preparations for the move to the new facility may impact the IIRP’s ability to host larger events in October and November 2024. Investigators organizing projects that take place elsewhere will need to arrange for local planning and logistical support.

To Apply:
All applications should be submitted online using the University of Chicago’s InfoReady Funding Portal. Once logged into the portal using your CNetID credentials, search under “IIRP,” selected “IIRP Faculty Grant 2024,” download the appropriate Budget template, and to start your application. Note that partially completed applications may be saved at any point and accessed in their most recent forms during future visits. Please contact Beth Ziolkowski (bethz@uchicago.edu) in the Office of Research if you experience any technical difficulties accessing or submitting this online application.

Questions:
If you have any questions as you prepare your application, please contact IIRP Associate Director Hugo Toudic (htoudic@uchicago.edu), cc Sarah Walter (scw@uchicago.edu) and Dan Bertsche (ddb1@uchicago.edu). Selected examples of successful projects from previous funding cycles may be found here.

 

View faculty research grant projects funded for 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, and 2019–20.