Crossdisciplinary Research Cluster

Applications Accepted for both Fall and Spring Funding Rounds.

Description of Category/Purpose of the Award:
Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters are intended to seed new scholarly activity and develop further pathways for collaboration by bringing together UW faculty and graduate students from different departments and disciplines who share research interests. Projects in this category may vary widely in form and scale: innovative models beyond the speaker series are encouraged, as are clusters that develop emerging fields and communities of inquiry, crossdisciplinary or crossdepartmental curricula, and individual and/or collective documents.

Defining or Preferred Criteria:
Interdepartmental composition and organization.  Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters should seed new and vital research activity and are not meant to provide ongoing support of existing programs.

Terms of the Award:
Awards range from $1,000-$7,500. Funds can be used to support meeting costs, visiting speakers, etc.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narratives (limit 8 pages) should:
    • detail the focus of the cluster and the activities to be funded
    • address near-term goals, and longer-term ambitions if cluster is intended to lead to other forms of collaboration and project development
    • include a list three or more participating faculty and graduate students
  • Budgets should detail anticipated expenses (e.g. honoraria, travel, accommodations, promotional materials, printing, postage, hospitality, and facilities rentals) as applicable.
  • C.V.s  for primary project liaison (limited to 5 pages), and,  key organizers (optional—may also be represented in the narrative or an appendix as short bios).

Learn more about Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters.