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International Institute of Research in Paris Faculty Grants

University of Chicago International Institute of Research in Paris (UC-IIRP) Request for Faculty Grant Proposals

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 January 2024 opening of the new Center and research institute in Paris.

Current Application Deadline: March 15, 2022. Applications may be submitted online via the University of Chicago’s InfoReady Funding Portal. See “To Apply” below.

About the Center and Research Institute in Paris: Founded in 2003, the University of Chicago Center in Paris has served as the University’s flagship research and teaching hub in Europe, supporting innovative programming and opportunities for University of Chicago students, faculty, other academic appointees, and alumni, as well as our network of international partners. To support these sought-after and growing opportunities for education, research, as well as creative and scholarly engagement, the University is constructing a new, expanded Center in Paris, which will include a new research institute. The University of Chicago International Institute of Research in Paris (UC-IIRP) will serve to build partnerships and support research and collaborations extending throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Strategic partnerships, events, research engagements, and programming will be driven by the faculty Executive Committee, chaired by the Faculty Director.

Grant Program Overview: This is an initial grant program. It will provide a select number of awards of up to USD $30,000 for multi-year projects and up to USD $10,000 for single-year projects to support faculty activities with a strong collaborative element in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The awards are open to all UChicago faculty and other academic appointees from all schools, divisions, and disciplines.

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 broadly-defined, Africa, and the Middle East with the aim of laying the groundwork for the forthcoming research institute. The ideal submission should involve scholars and/or artists at UChicago and incorporate meaningful participation and expertise from both the University and one or more partner institutions in the target regions.

Applicants should indicate how their proposed research program or project will contribute, through the cultivation of intellectual and artistic networks and institutional collaborations, to laying the groundwork for the research institute in Paris. The activities need not be based in Paris, though we enourage proposals that include an important component in Paris, or that will in some way aim to take advantage of the resources and facilities of the research institute, set to open in January 2024. For those activities taking place in Paris, awardees will work closely with the current Center in Paris staff in planning those components of their project.

Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic events (e.g., conferences, workshops, seminars, planning meetings, editorial meetings)
  • Exploratory visits with the aim of establishing scholarly and/or creative networks
  • Invitations to scholars/researchers/artists to come to the University to participate in discussions/activities with the aim of establishing strategic scholarly/creative networks
  • Short-term local research residencies or fellowships for faculty or graduate students with network- or institution-building content
  • Public events (e.g., lecture series, exhibitions, performances)
  • Supplementary travel funding
  • Data collection 
  • Training initiatives
  • Activities to support the establishment of summer institutes

For the current funding cycle, two categories of awards are available:

 

Multi-year Awards:

Funding Amount:

Up to USD $30,000

Funding Duration:

2 years (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024)

Researchers:

Primary applicant must be a University of Chicago faculty member or other academic appointee. Projects must have a collaborative element with international institutions and/or scholars & artists. Wherever possible, outside funding to supplement the faculty grant is strongly encouraged.

 

Single-year Awards:

Funding Amount:

Up to USD $10,000

Funding Duration:

1 year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Researchers:

Primary applicant must be a University of Chicago faculty member or other academic appointee. Collaboration with other institutions and/or scholars & artists is strongly encouraged. Wherever possible, outside funding to supplement the faculty grant is strongly encouraged.

Application Guide: We invite interested faculty to submit an online application (see “To Apply” below), which includes the following:

  • Title of project, activity, or event
  • Preferred timing and space needs for any activities taking place at the Center in Paris.
  • Project abstract (up to 200 words)
  • Names and affiliations of main organizers/participants (from the University and other institutions)
  • Project narrative with a discussion of aims, significance, and rationale (up to 2 pages in pdf format; please see “Evaluation Criteria” below.)
  • Estimated budget (Please see the Suggested Budget Guidelines page.)
  • A short budget narrative
  • List of other sources of financial support (if applicable)
  • Publicity/outreach plan (in the case of conferences and public events)
  • If the project is not taking place at the Center in Paris, an explanation of how the project will be supported locally.

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

  • Whether the project advances the goals of supporting unique research programs related to or connected with partners in Europe, Africa and/or the Middle East, and of fostering collaboration to lay the groundwork for the research institute;
  • The originality and intellectual/creative significance of the proposed research and the importance of the proposed collaborative approach in addressing the central  research question(s ) or creative project;
  • The quality of the design of project activities and the likelihood that they will lead to successful realization of the project’s intellectual or artistic goals;
  • The reasonableness of costs in relation to anticipated results;
  • Whether support from the grant fund will make a clear and distinct impact on the project.

Selection and Award Administration: Applications will be evaluated by the faculty Executive Committee of the International Institute of Research in Paris and decisions will be communicated in Spring Quarter. For projects taking place at the Center in Paris, staff at the Center in Paris will provide planning and logistical support. 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 you are logged in to the portal (using your CNetID), choose “View Funding” and navigate to “International Institute of Research in Paris (UC-IIRP) Faculty Grant” to start your application. Once you have started an application, you will be able access it directly on your dashboard during future visits. Please contact Kalyana Pingali (kpingali@uchicago.edu) if you have any trouble with access to the online application.

Questions: Please contact Sarah Walter (scw@uchicago.edu) or Dan Bertsche (ddb1@uchicago.edu) if you have any questions.

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