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Request for Proposals: The University Metropolitan Consortium Metropolitan Research Grant Program

Date: 
March 3, 2014
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From the University Metropolitan Consortium, funding is available to University of Minnesota researchers or teams of researchers for projects related to urban and metropolitan dynamics. Two or three proposals will be funded in the range of $70,000 to $110,000 each.

The Metropolitan Consortium is especially interested in seeing proposals in one or more of the areas listed below. We encourage proposals that address more than one category and that involve at least one outside partner and involve more than one discipline.

  • Regional Economic Analysis. Research related to any of the following: labor market assessments, skills gap related to education, the changing picture of labor supply and the regional demand for labor unionization in the region, wages in the region, analysis of target industries, trends in jobs and firm formation, or occupations and wages. We also invite research that focuses on more basic work on metropolitan areas as units of economic activity.
  • Education. Strategies for addressing achievement gaps, analyses of how educational systems prepare for future labor demand, and innovations in curriculum and delivery that have the potential to better prepare for the workforce needs in coming years.
  • Immigration. The changing immigration picture in the region, including immigration’s impact on labor market and workforce development. Impact of immigration on schools, social services, and housing access and affordability. Availability and provision of culturally appropriate community resources and patterns of social inclusion.
  • Urbanization and Water Resources. The relationship between urbanization and water resources management and maintenance. The impact of land use and zoning codes on water resources. Patterns of access to water and impact on community.
  • Institutional Redesign. The analysis and development of effective strategies of institutional redesign that would have an impact on the competitiveness of the Twin Cities region. These would include regional planning or decision-making approaches, cross-sector collaborations, or multiple-issue initiatives.

Proposals that speak to other issues will be considered if they relate to the overall purpose of contributing to our understanding of the competitive position of the Twin Cities metropolitan area or to means of improving that position.

Deadline: Proposals are due on April 18, 2014. Review of proposals will occur and funding decisions will be made by May 2, 2014.

The full RFP is attached, and is also available at: http://www.cura.umn.edu/UMC/rfp-2014.