In spring 2023, CMCI will launch a pilot program on CMCI Research Collaboratives.  These Research Collaboratives are designed to foster interdisciplinary, multi-department and multi-rank intellectual and scholarly community. They do so by inviting small groups to organize around shared interests and goals.

CMCI invites applications for Research Collaboratives in four defined areas:

  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Human Rights
  3. The Nature of Democracy
  4. Race, Media and Technology.

These four broad areas are designed to allow collaboratives to accommodate multiple proposals, each with more narrowly focused interests.  For instance, one proposal for Environmental Studies might organize around climate change while a second could investigate environmental racism.

Proposals may request funding of up to $3,000 and will be granted at least 5 hours of support from the CMCI Technology team. The funding can support a wide range of goals, such as research and creative projects leading to publication, production, or exhibition, reading/workshopping groups, or symposia. Funds may not be used for salary, conference travel, or travel related to presenting the research or creative work. If funding allows, the pilot program will also consider applications for Research Collaboratives that fall outside of the four defined areas.

Collaboratives whose work extends over time may reapply for additional funds in subsequent years, although priority will be given to collaboratives who have not yet received funds. Collaboratives are expected to use their funds within 18 months but may request extensions.

Application and Review Process

Proposals for the Spring 2023 Pilot should be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, to the CMCI Dean’s Office ( Decisions will be announced by Monday, Feb. 27, 2023.

Proposals should include:

  • A brief description, approximately 350-500 words, of the focus of the research collaborative. Collaboratives applying to one of the four defined areas are encouraged to narrow their interests. Proposal descriptions should clarify how the focused interests fit with the area topic.
  • An overview of the proposed scope of the Collaborative that outlines the initial timeline for the group’s work.
  • A budget narrative that lists expected costs and provides a brief rationale
  • A list of initial members, with department/program identification and rank (e.g., Lisa Flores, Professor, COMM)

Proposals will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and the Faculty Director of Faculty Research Development. Priority will be given to collaboratives that include multiple CMCI academic units and a wide range of rank across both faculty and graduate students.

Questions can be directed to Lisa Flores, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at