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Request for Proposals:
Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund

The Provost announces the re-activation of a seminar fund to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary discussions and connections that could grow into lasting cooperative intellectual efforts and perhaps programs. This fund will provide financial support for up to three years for seminars and is designed to support initiation of new seminar series that emphasize interdisciplinary research and scholarship. To be eligible for funding, seminars must draw on faculty scholars from at least two schools. Seminars that include Penn graduate or undergraduate students will be particularly welcome as will seminars with participation from the non-academic community outside the University. The fund will provide each seminar with approximately $10,000 (depending on documented need) a year for up to three years. Funding in the second and third years is subject to success in the previous years. Success is defined as growing attendance, publications, general visibility and other evidence of intellectual progress. Each proposal must contain criteria by which its success can be judged.

Applications to the Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund should contain:

  • i. A Seminar title.
  • ii. A brief (no more than five pages) description of the intellectual area of the seminar and of how the suggested new connections will advance the subject.
  • iii. The names and affiliations of the principal faculty (no more than four) proposing the seminar with a two page CV on each.
  • iv. The names and affiliations of others who will be major participants in the seminar.
  • v. A suggested set of criteria or goals by which success of the seminar program can be evaluated.
  • vi. A detailed proposed budget for the first year of the seminar. The budget may be dedicated to honoraria, travel, and other directly associated expenses, but entertainment should be kept to a minimum. Also, co-funding from Department, Schools, or other sources should be documented and will increase the credibility of the application.

The application should be sent electronically to , by Friday, April 26, 2002. A committee will review the applications and funded proposals will be announced in May.

--Neal Nathanson, Vice Provost for Research

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 28, April 2, 2002


April 2, 2002
Volume 48 Number 28

Peter Skirkanich W '65, and his wife, Geri, have pledged $10 million to build a new home for bioengineering; it is the largest gift by an individual donor in the history of SEAS.
Dr. Jim O'Donnell will give the Baccalaureate address next month, his swan song at Penn after two decades, before becoming provost at Georgetown.
Have something you want to say about Penn's plans for the future? The open forum on the new strategic plan, Building on Excellence: The Next Agenda, is this afternoon.
Taxes have been around a long time, according to three of the Museum's experts on ancient civilizations. No wonder Franklin knew we could count on them!