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Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP)

SERVES: University of Minnesota Faculty (all campuses)

PURPOSE: University of Minnesota faculty are critical resources in exploring issues and concerns important to Minnesota, such as the criminal justice system, demography, state or local economic development, education, employment, energy, the environment, health, housing, state and local government, welfare and poverty, human and social services, transportation, or land use and development.

The Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP) encourages University faculty to carry out research projects that answer questions about these important regional issues, in partnership with community groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota.

HOW TO APPLY: An announcement regarding the competition for FIRP grants is sent to faculty annually during early spring semester. The deadline for receipt of application materials is generally March. 

Awards cover the faculty member’s salary for two pay periods in the summer, plus a half-time graduate research assistant for one year. Selected faculty members engage with appropriate community organizations/agencies, prepare a report for the organization/agency, and write a 3500-word manuscript for publication in the CURA Reporter.

Staff: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737