University of Chicago Arete

 

 

At Arete, we recognize that even the best ideas need a little spark. Early-stage funding can bolster promising and novel research ideas before their merit has been recognized. We created the Big Ideas Generator, a seed-funding organization, to help get those early stage ideas into motion. Additionally, we work with our on campus partners to connect researchers with seed funding that is rapid, flexible and tolerant of false starts. Discover some of the seed funding opportunities on campus: 

University of Chicago Big Ideas Generator
Big Ideas Generator

Big Ideas Generator (BIG) supports new bold, ambitious ideas that can change the way we think about a subject. A truly transformative idea requires a certain amount of intellectual courage- and the BIG goal is to provide all the necessary support for it before it can grow into a substantial research program. With the aid of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, BIG provides different levels of funding:

Funding decisions will be made by the Faculty Advisory Council. The Council is made up of junior and senior faculty members from diverse disciplines and is chaired by the Vice President of Research.

Funded BIG projects could also receive customized support to develop and implement a research plan that includes organizational development and assistance in seeking additional support from diverse sources in subsequent stages of the project.

Website: big.uchicago.edu 

Big Ideas Generator

University of Chicago Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society invites applications for ambitious new research projects involving collaboration and scholarly exchange. Applications are due October 27, 2015 for projects that will begin in July of 2016. Complete details are available at http://neubauercollegium.uchicago.edu/cfp/.

Types of projects supported

Neubauer Collegium proposals are solicited for the following programs:

1.       Research Projects: The Neubauer Collegium provides a range of funding for research projects from seed awards of $10,000-$25,000/year to a small number of large-scale awards of up to $100,000/year. Seed-level awards are intended for projects at early stages of development, or for projects that need strategic funds to explore new research trajectories. All levels of funding may be multi-year (1-3 years).

2.       Visiting Fellows: In addition to supporting Visiting Fellows affiliated with specific research projects, the Neubauer Collegium also supports Visiting Fellows whose work will contribute more broadly to the intellectual and creative life of the campus community. Proposals for visitors may be submitted by any individual or group of faculty, and should describe how the Visiting Fellow will catalyze or strengthen collaborative research on campus. We welcome proposals that include sabbatical funding for the visitor while on leave from his/her home institution.

Eligibility

Proposals may originate from teams of collaborators in any discipline or unit of the University of Chicago, provided humanistic knowledge and modes of inquiry are central to the pursuit, and provided University of Chicago faculty are engaged in the principal research activities. Current members of the Neubauer Collegium Faculty Advisory Board are ineligible to apply.

Visit the Collegium's website for additional resources, including downloadable Application Guidelines (PDF)Frequently Asked Questions, and to read about previously awarded projects.

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

University of Chicago MBL-UChicago
MBL-UChicago

Exploratory Research Seed Grants 

We are pleased to announce grants in support of collaborative research among UChicago and MBL faculty (both visiting and year round) at the MBL. We seek to support and seed novel research that enhances the affiliation among the institutions and can serve as the substrate for future grant proposals. These are intended to be exploratory funds: budgets are at a maximum of $25,000, proposals are short, target dates are quarterly, and review and funding will be rapid.

The Program

The intent is to provide the basis for exploratory collaborative research between UChicago faculty and visiting and/or year round faculty of the MBL.

Criteria for Selection of Proposals

Criteria for selection include importance of the work to be accomplished and potential to initiate novel collaboration between individuals and institutions. High risk, novel collaborations are welcome.

While all collaborative applications are welcome, priority will be given to proposals that use onsite resources of the MBL, particularly in the off season (October through May).

Guidelines 

Only UChicago faculty are eligible to apply. Proposals should include an MBL component (MBL visiting or year round faculty and/or MBL onsite resources). Please email Dana Anderson with any questions or to submit your proposal (danaa2@uchicago.edu).

 

 

MBL-UChicago

University of Chicago The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS)
The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS)

The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS)

The Solicited Proposals Advancing Research Questions (SPARQ) grants are awarded in the spirit of “seed” or “pilot & feasibility” programs to facilitate research not presently funded by extramural sources, while laying the foundations for larger-scale research projects that may be competitive for extramural funding.  The SPARQ Program seeks to fund research projects that display sound research design with high potential impact on health services and/or policies primarily impacting disadvantaged populations. 

SPARQ grants for made for faculty projects may range from $20,000-$30,000 for a total funding of 2 years.  Completed application proposals should be submitted during the open application period (typically early October-early November annually) for committee review.

Visit the CHAS website for additional information including funding deadlines, criteria and to apply: http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/chas-funding-opportunities

The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS)

University of Chicago France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS)
France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS)

The France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) program is designed to enhance science by offering seed funding totaling up to $175,000 in support of new and developing projects at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermilab that: 1) promote meaningful intellectual and scientific exchange between Chicago researchers and research teams in France, and 2) show promise of leading to fruitful and sustainable collaboration.

ELIGIBILITY

Invited to apply are all PI-eligible University of Chicago faculty members affiliated with PSD and BSD, as well as researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Excellent, important science is necessary for a successful proposal, but it is not sufficient. The committee will also consider such other factors as: 1) the level of complementarity between the collaborating partners; 2) the likelihood of a high reward relative to the amount of funding requested; and 3) the potential for continued collaboration in the medium and long term. While there is no strict matching requirement, when distinguishing between two similarly rated projects, the committee may consider the extent to which requested funding is being leveraged to secure additional resources on either (or both) side(s) of the Atlantic.

Deadlines for awards:

  • Oct 12, 2015: ANL Pre-proposals due 
  • Oct. 26, 2015: ANL pre-proposal evaluations complete; invitations to apply extended 
  • Dec. 1, 2015: Deadline for FACCTS Proposals 
  • Jan. 31, 2016: Decisions announced

 

Visit the FACCTS website for additional information including funding deadlines, criteria and to apply. Send your questions to Dan Bertsche (fcc@uchicago.edu). 

France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS)

University of Chicago Successful Pathways from School to Work
Successful Pathways from School to Work

Successful Pathways from School to Work is an ambitious new initiative by the Committee on Education to support rigorous inquiry on how to improve education to better prepare urban youth to succeed in the modern labor market.  Funded by the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO), the initiative supports innovative faculty and student research across a range of disciplines and spanning the life course from infancy to young adulthood, bringing together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to address the urgent problem of improving the academic preparation of youth in Chicago and other major cities.  Created with a $17 million gift from the estate of Hymen T. Milgrom, AB, Accounting, ’35, the initiative has already awarded more than $2 million in grants to support research by both faculty and students. The initiative’s focus is on urban youth who are coming out of school without the skills, dispositions, or information they need to be successful in post secondary education or the world of work. The HMSO is particularly interested in supporting efforts to develop and study early interventions that can reduce the risk of students falling into this group as well as later interventions that can help those who do fall into this group make a successful transition into post secondary education and/or the labor market.  Visit the initiative’s website (http://successfulpathways.uchicago.edu) for additional resources, including detailed application guidelines and information on previously funded proposals. 

Successful Pathways from School to Work

University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Center in Beijing

The Faculty Steering Committee for the Center in Beijing can provide modest support for a range of activities including:

  • Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars/researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from China, the United States, and beyond;
  • Lectures and events (including arts programs) to engage scholars, alumni, and the public;
  • Professional development programs for Chinese and regional executives, government officials, and practitioners; and
  • Residencies and fellowships for faculty or graduate students conducting research in China

Proposal Guidelines and Submission

We encourage innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.  Each letter of intent or proposal should include:

  • Names and affiliations of main participants (from the University and other institutions)
  • Discussion of aims, significance, and rationale
  • Preferred timing
  • Preliminary budget

Please visit the Center in Beijing website (http://www.uchicago.cn/quick-links/submit-a-proposal/) for additional resources, including proposal guidelines, and deadlines. 

Center in Beijing

University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong
Center in Hong Kong

The Faculty Advisory Board of the Center in Hong Kong works with faculty across campus to plan academic events and ongoing programs around three broad and intersecting themes:  Business, Economics, and Policy; Science, Medicine, and Public Health; and Culture, Society, and the Arts (with recognition that some activities will straddle these thematic areas). The Center in Hong Kong coordinates its programming with the Beijing Center to maximize the impact of planned activities in East Asia.

The Center in Hong Kong can provide modest support for a range of activities including:  Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars/researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from East Asia, the United States, and beyond; Lectures and events to engage scholars, alumni, and the public; Residencies and fellowships for faculty or graduate students conducting research in Hong Kong.

We encourage innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region. Additional proposal details can be found on the Center in Hong Kong website (http://uchicago.hk/page/center-hong-kong-call-proposals), including information about past and upcoming activities at the Center.

Center in Hong Kong

University of Chicago Center in Delhi
Center in Delhi

We welcome the submission of innovative ideas and proposals that will help foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institution in India and throughout the region of South Asia. The Center hopes to promote the travel of ideas, scholars, and students in both directions between Chicago and South Asia. Proposals that include more than one area of scholarship are especially welcome.

Eligibility 

Proposals may originate from teams of collaborators in any discipline, but must be sponsored by at least one person holding a current academic appointment at the University of Chicago. Current members of the Center in Delhi Faculty Steering Committee are eligible to apply, provided that they recuse themselves during the review and voting on their proposal. Proposals focusing on activities of students must come from faculty members supervising the students, and awards cannot support graduate student research that is coextensive with ongoing doctoral dissertation work.

 

Award Information

Proposals to the Center in Delhi are solicited for the following types of projects:

  • Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars and researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders from India, the United States, and beyond, including especially planning and brainstorming workshops to facilitate the development of NIH, NSF, or other grant proposals for collaborative international projects.
  • Lectures and events, including arts programs, to engage scholars, alumni, and the public.
  • Professional development programs (for example, residencies) for faculty and for professionals, government officials, and practitioners in India and the region of South Asia.
  • Workshops in Delhi or in Chicago aimed at encouraging the work of recent graduates and young scholars in India.
  • Collaborative projects involving data collection or data analysis related to India and the region of South Asia, including comparative research with other parts of the world.

Please visit the Center in Delhi's website (http://www.uchicago.in/events_programs/call_for_proposals/) for more detailed information including grant deadlines, proposals, and to apply. 

Center in Delhi

University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM)
Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM)

The University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium that helps convert biomedical research into health improvement.

During the last nine years, the ITM has connected more than 1,800 researchers and community organizations with funding, training, and other resources while forging connections across departments, universities, and patient advocacy groups. It has also awarded more than $5.7 million in Pilot Awards to researchers and more than $1.3 million to investigators to subsidize the cost of using sophisticated Core Facilities equipment and services. The ITM also administers the NIH Career Development (K) Award program at UChicago and has connected than 40 young investigators with more than $4.3 million in funding, protected time for translational research of their choice, and exclusive mentoring opportunities with senior investigators.

Since its 2007 inception, total funding for the ITM has exceeded $60 million through the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) CTSA grant numbers UL1 TR000430, KL2 TR000431, and TL1 TR000432, and from the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences.

For more information, visit itm.uchicago.edu or follow the ITM on Facebook and Twitter.

Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM)

University of Chicago Center in Paris
Center in Paris

Grants Program for Faculty Interested in Pursuing Research or Scholarly Collaborations at the University of Chicago Center in Paris

This grant program is designed to support University of Chicago faculty and their collaborators who wish to undertake research or organize scholarly activities at the Center in Paris. Projects need not be exclusively based in Paris, though they must have a significant component and/or final presence in Paris. Proposals are solicited for the following types of projects:

  • Collaborative initiatives such as conferences, workshops and symposia to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars and researchers, especially involving European, African, and/or Middle Eastern Studies, broadly conceived. Projects involving colleagues working at the University’s sister Centers in Beijing, Delhi and Hong Kong are also encouraged.
  • Events such as lectures or performances that engage scholars, alumni and the public.
  • Individual research projects that require proximity to local collaborators and/or academic resources. Research proposals are strongly encouraged to have a public component, such as a talk or culminating event to provide a public platform for the work done.

Funding Amounts:

The maximum grant in this cycle will be (up to) $5,000 for individual research projects and (up to) $10,000 for collaborative initiatives and events. 

Current Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Eligibility:

Full-time University of Chicago faculty with appointments in the Divisions, the Schools, and the College are eligible to apply. Proposals may originate from teams of collaborators in any discipline, but must be sponsored by at least one person holding a current academic appointment at the University of Chicago.

Visit the Center in Paris website for additional resources, including application guidelines, selection criteria, and to read about previously awarded projects.

Center in Paris