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Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund: June 8
May 12, 2009, Volume 55, No. 33

The Provost is pleased to announce the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund (PISF) for FY 2010. These funds are designed to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations, particularly those that support the Penn Compact’s emphasis on the integration of knowledge. 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 at the University. 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 a year (depending on documented need) for up to three years. Funding in the second and third years is subject to success in the previous year(s). Success is defined as growing attendance, publications, general visibility, other evidence of intellectual progress as well as additional funding from other sources. Each proposal must contain criteria by which its success can be judged.

For this year, we have implemented a new web-based application which will help facilitate the submission and review process. It can be found at www.upenn.edu/research/pisf.html. Applications are due by June 8, 2009. A committee will review the applications and funded proposals will be announced in July. Those who received awards last year and wish to renew their funding must submit a report by June 8, 2009.

If you have any questions please contact rookj@upenn.edu.


Almanac - May 12, 2009, Volume 55, No. 33