Initiatives to Develop Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Collaboration (I-DISCO)

Initiatives to Develop Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Collaboration (I-DISCO) support the IAS goal to become a leading center for interdisciplinary, engaged, and collaborative scholarship. Established in 2012, I-DISCO provides grant support for activities designed to promote interdisciplinary scholarship, cross-disciplinary understanding, and a collaborative and engaged intellectual culture within and beyond IAS as a unit.

Within and across the following initiatives, I-DISCO funds can underwrite costs associated with artist and speaker visits, writing and creation retreats, student research assistance, research support and conference travel.

Since I-DISCO initiatives are funded through state funds, note that the only costs and forms of reimbursement these funds can support are those that fall within the guidelines for the use of state monies.  Applicants for all I-DISCO initiative funds are urged to check with the IAS office beforehand to ensure that the initiatives they are seeking funds for are eligible for state funds.

I-DISCO currently supports four types of initiatives: IAS Writing/Creation Workshops; Distinguished Speakers Visits; Research Interest Groups (RIGs); and Collaborative Reserve Funding.

Full descriptions, deadlines, funding cycles, and instructions for how to apply, are found on each initiative page. I-DISCO applications are reviewed in bi-annual rounds by the I-DISCO committee, composed of IAS faculty members and an ex officio staff member.

Other Funding Opportunities

Apart from the bi-annual funding rounds for I-DISCO, administer by committee IAS also provides funding for the following, reviewed by the Dean.

Student Project Assistants: In addition to funds that may come from grants, gifts, or start-up funds, faculty may request  supplemental funds (up to $3500 total each quarter) to hire undergraduate or graduate students to assist faculty members' scholarship, including research/artistic practice, teaching, and leadership/service.  IAS students who are hired with these funds are named as “IAS Interdisciplinary Scholars” and may list themselves as such on the resumes, cvs, etc.

Requests for funding for Student Project Assistants should be directed to the Dean, Bruce Burgett.  Once funded, you will be asked to fill out and submit the form for hiring student workers.

Funding will be distributed across the school, with priority given to early career faculty members who have exhausted other sources of funding and to requests that support faculty scholarship and enhance students’ professional development.

Funding for Class Visits: IAS provides limited funds (up to $1500 total each quarter) to provide $50-100 stipends for class visitors who can enhance the educational experience for IAS students.  Stipends are NOT provided for University of Washington employees.  Funds are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a maximum of $300 per course.

To access funds, please contact Bruce Burgett.  Once approved, Carmen Staab can help with the payment process.  (Note: Instructions about how to access parking passes for class visitors are available here.) 

Other resources:

In addition to I-DISCO funding, IAS provides support for IAS student hourly workers to advance faculty members’ scholarship and stipends for course visits (by non-UW employees) that enhance student learning.  See the IAS Hub (password protected) for details. 

IAS also supports faculty members seeking research sponsorship in the form of fellowships and grants internal and external to the University of Washington. 

IAS faculty have received grants from the UW Royalty Research Fund (RRF), the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, among other agencies.

The UW Bothell Office of Community-Based Learning and Research runs CBLR fellowship program for faculty.

While many granting foundations have grant officers that can be consulted, the UW Bothell Office of Research is the campus agency that provides infrastructure and guidance in grant development for faculty.