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Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund: Call for Proposals: September 2

May 22, 2012, Volume 58, No. 34

The Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund program guidelines have been revised as of this annual cycle. The fund will provide support for a cross-School, cross-disciplines event to be held on Penn’s campus within a year of the award being issued. The event which can be in the form of a symposium, forum, or conference should occur over one to two days and, at the very least, be open to the entire Penn community. The event will be focused on a topic of research that draws upon our renowned faculty in Penn’s many Schools, Centers, and Departments and is intended to engage external thought leaders and help set the foundation for future partnerships. The PISF funds will be used to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations, particularly those that support the Penn Compact’s emphasis on the integration of knowledge.

The PISF program will provide two awards per cycle on a competitive basis and applicants can request between $35,000 and $50,000 in support. Proposals should include faculty leadership from more than two Schools and must document additional support from institutional and or external sources. In addition, to be eligible for funding an event will include the participation of Penn graduate or undergraduate students in organization and delivery.

As a condition of accepting PISF support a final report must be submitted that outlines the successes of the event, which could include new collaborative endeavors, outreach, publications, and grants.

The Senior Vice Provost for Research, Steven J. Fluharty, in conjunction with a review panel will award Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund grants to select proposals each cycle. The PISF application is available at www.upenn.edu/research/funding/provost_interdisciplinary_seminar_fund/ 

Almanac - May 22, 2012, Volume 58, No. 34