In spring 2018, the University of Arkansas will once again invest approximately $1 million in the Chancellor’s Fund to support cutting-edge ideas and collaborations to advance the university’s guiding priorities. The Chancellor’s Fund aims to provide seed funding to support bold collaborative thinking and risk taking that will not only lead to new academic directions, but will also increase the competitiveness of the university and faculty for external funding. Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines.
The Chancellor’s Fund was established in 2017 to promote faculty research and address several of the U of A’s guiding priorities: to enhance the university’s research and discovery mission; build a collaborative and innovative campus; promote innovation in teaching and learning; and strengthen graduate education. In September 2017, the fund awarded approximately $1 million to support 10 outstanding multi-year projects. Information on the Chancellor’s Fund program and last year’s awards can be found at the Chancellor’s Fund web page.
The deadline for submission of proposals will be Monday, March 19.
The review process and criteria for selection in 2018 will be very similar to the process and criteria used in 2017 described on the Chancellor’s Fund website. Successful proposals will be announced by spring commencement 2018 to ensure adequate time for planning so that projects can commence in fall 2018.
The Office of the Chancellor will be making some changes regarding, eligibility, the submission process and required materials for the 2018 competition, but the overall nature of the proposals will be very similar to the competition in 2017. Updated details about the 2018 Request for Proposals including how to apply, eligibility, and updated example projects will be online early in the spring semester.