Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

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Applying for RIG Funding
RIG applications are accepted in the beginning of Spring quarter for the following academic/fiscal year via electronic submission.
The application deadline for 2017-2018 is Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Description: Research Interest Groups are small, self-organized of cohorts of three to four faculty who share research interests and meet regularly during the academic year to further their research, scholarship and/or professional writing through exchange and discussion.  Organizing rubrics need not be thematic or content-based: projects may be connected by methods or process, such as the stage of research and compatibility of development activities (e.g., Research Interest Groups may serve a writing groups, organized around the regular production and sharing of written work.)

Purpose: RIGs are intended to:

  • promote the furtherance of individual and collaborative research projects,
  • enable the completion of individual and collaborative work,
  • seed new individual and/or collaborative work,
  • promote interdisciplinary understanding and exchange across fields and approaches.

Eligibility and Requirements: For funding eligibility, IAS faculty must lead, or make up the majority of RIG participants, though scholars from other UW units and other institutions may also take part in the RIG.  Travel budgets (one of the possible funding options available) can only be extended to IAS faculty: other participants are encouraged to seek parallel funds from their own home units.

An IAS faculty member may participate in multiple RIGs, but may only receive direct funding support from one.

RIGs that do not need or seek funds are encouraged to fill out the online application if they desire visibility for their group, or to establish a track record for their productivity.  A webpage will be created for them, off of the application, and they will be asked to participate in end-of-year reporting on outcomes.

Grant provision: Grants of $1000-$3000 per group.  Funding can be applied to:

  • A self-arranged research retreat at Whiteley Center or other site
  • Travel for group members for the purposes of related research
  • Invited speaker costs, for lectures, workshops, consultations
  • Individual or shared research assistance

Essentially, a RIG can mobilize its funds in any of the ways underwritten by i-disco more generally, but in the service of the RIG.

Participants should be prepared to organize their own activities: staff assistance will be limited to the processing of reimbursements and honoraria, hiring, web publicity, and guidance in all other matters.

RIGs that can demonstrate the efficacy of their activities can apply for successive grants, up to three years running. IAS anticipates awarding half new awards and half renewed awards to maintain an ecology that promotes both sustained and emergent research activity.

Annual allocation = $20,000 for 6-10 RIGs.

Application process: Applications are submitted via Catalyst, and consist of:

  • a listing of the members of the group and a designated contact person,
  • a brief statement of the RIG’s focus and objectives,
  • an outline/timetable of proposed activities,
  • a funding request for proposed activities,
  • a brief statement of intended outcomes.

Criteria of selection for funding:

  • Likelihood of the proposed plan to facilitate productive individual and collective research outcomes (for new proposals)
  • Demonstration of the group’s ability to sustain productive practices among its members (for renewed proposals)
  • Collaboration from across disciplines, fields, and approaches to scholarship/creative work

RIGS that have demonstrated efficacy in their activities and outcomes may reapply for funding for up to three times successively.  IAS anticipates balancing funding 50/50 between new and returning RIGs, in order to support continuing as well as emergent groups. All groups may maintain web presence as long as they are active.

RIGs will be encouraged to present at the IAS Research Colloquium, as one of several possible research outcomes.