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2019-2020 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

Date: 
January 10, 2019
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The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. 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 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.

Regular faculty members are invited to apply. Each award will provide support for two pay periods of the faculty member’s time in the summer of 2019 and a half-time graduate research assistant for the 2019–2020 academic year. Where appropriate, limited support for miscellaneous research expenses can be provided. Faculty members who are selected will be expected as part of their project to: (a) interact or engage with appropriate community organizations or agencies, (b) prepare a report for the organization or agency where appropriate, and (c) prepare a 3500-word manuscript for publication in the CURA Reporter, our regular report of faculty research.

Research projects should focus on issues and concerns important to Minnesota, such as communities of color, 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.

Eligibility: Applications are invited from all University faculty members who, in conformity with the tenure regulations, are classified as “regular” (tenure code = P,N,C) members of the faculty. The program is designed particularly for faculty who hold nine-month appointments (appointment term not equal to “A”), although we have supported projects of regular faculty on twelve-month appointments. In special cases we can support joint projects.

Application Procedure: Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:  

  1. A completed application form (see application). The application form should include a short (150 words maximum) abstract that clearly and succinctly describes the nature of the problem or issue the project will address, the mission of the community partner(s) (if identified), the research strategy you will employ, and the expected outcome(s) of the project. Please be aware that this abstract may be used in CURA publications, press releases, or promotional materials to describe your project.
  2. A letter that explains in more detail the nature of the project to be supported. The letter should include a discussion of the problem or issue the project will address; a description of the research methods to be used; an indication of the applicant’s background in and familiarity with the topic; an indication of consultation with the agencies, groups, or organizations that will be involved with the project; and a consideration of the potential public policy implications of the research. These letters are generally 3 to 5 pages in length.
  3. A current curriculum vitae. 

Application materials may be  e-mailed to firp@umn.eduNOTE: Applications sent to any other address may not be considered.

Deadline: Applications must be received in the CURA office by 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2019. Grant recipients will be notified in April.

Please call Ed Goetz at 612-624-8737 or e-mail if you have questions.