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Center for Interdisciplinary Thinking

Proposals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Interdisciplinary Thinking (CIT) is to creatively originate, enhance, support, encourage and advertise interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives focused on the strategic goals of LUC, especially as those initiatives enhance the undergraduate experience at Loyola. Interdisciplinary thinking at Loyola is characterized by collaborative work involving two or more disciplines combining, enhancing, and transforming their theoretical and methodological approaches to solve problems that should be treated from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The center, in collaboration with the college’s interdisciplinary programs, seeks to help faculty and students develop, fund, and successfully complete interdisciplinary projects.

Grants Program

The CIT encourages the submission of grant proposals to support interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives that address issues not dealt with by current programs.  We also welcome proposals to enhance already-existing interdisciplinary programs at Loyola.

Major Grant Proposals

Maximum budget of $10,000

Support for an interdisciplinary team of faculty members who are proposing a research project or major event that will imaginatively bring together the theoretical and methodological approaches of two or more disciplines in the humanities, arts, natural, or social sciences to solve problems that require treatment from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  The initiative should be focused on the strategic goals of LUC, especially as those initiatives enhance the undergraduate experience at Loyola.

Proposal components:

Cover Sheet – contains the following elements:

Project Narrative  – scope of the activity, including objective(s) of the project, its significance, the methodology or approach, expected outcomes or products, and the contribution the project will make to the strategic goals of Loyola University Chicago.  This section should include a clear explanation of how this project is interdisciplinary and what disciplines will be included in the work.  The section should not exceed 6 double-spaced pages.

Funding Plans – no more than one page on the possibility of external funds to supplement the project or sustain it after Loyola funding ceases.

Dissemination Plan – no more than one page describing how the results of the project will be disseminated to audiences both inside and outside Loyola through such things as conferences, classes and publications.

Budget – one page listing the major categories of expenses and schedule for completion of the project.

C.V. – a two page curriculum vitae for each faculty member participating in the project.

 

Minor Grant Proposals

Maximum budget of $2,000

Support for an interdisciplinary team of faculty members who are proposing initiatives such as, but not limited to, new interdisciplinary course development, support of co-teaching in existing courses, inviting individual speakers, or syllabi revision of existing courses.  The focus is on bringing together theoretical and methodological approaches of two or more disciplines in the humanities, arts, natural, or social sciences to solve problems that require treatment from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  The project should be focused on the strategic goals of LUC, especially as it enhances the undergraduate experience.

 

Proposal components:

Cover Sheet – contains the following elements:

Project Narrative – scope of the activity, including objective(s) of the project, its significance, the methodology or approach, expected outcomes or products, and the contribution the project will make to the strategic goals of Loyola University Chicago.  This section should include a clear explanation of how this project is interdisciplinary and what disciplines will be included in the work.  If this project is connected to a current interdisciplinary program how does it enhance that program’s activities?  The section should not exceed 4 double-spaced pages.

Funding Plans – no more than one page on the possibility of external funds to supplement the project or sustain it after Loyola funding ceases.

Dissemination Plan – no more than one page describing how the results of the project will be disseminated to audiences both inside and outside Loyola through such things as conferences, classes and publications.

Budget – one page listing the major categories of expenses and schedule for completion of the project.

C.V. – a two page curriculum vitae for each faculty member participating in the project.

 

Faculty Eligibility

All faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, both tenure track and lecturers, are eligible to apply for either type of grant. At least one member of the interdisciplinary team must be a tenure track faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.  All faculty members from outside CAS are welcome to be team members.

Submission Mechanism

The application process is electronic only using the Loyola University Box system, http://luc.box.net. You should make sure you have proper access to Box well in advance of the submission deadline (Friday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m.) or contact the ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@luc.edu. We will not accept applications by e-mail or in print but you may contact us to confirm that your Box submission has been received.

Instructions

  1. Log into http://luc.box.net.
  2. You will sign in as a member of the Loyola University Chicago organization. If asked, please enter your Loyola username (e.g. yourid@luc.edu). You will also be asked to sign in using your university credentials (your ID without @luc.edu).
  3. Create a folder to name your submission. It will greatly help us if you name the folder using the last name(s) of the investigator(s). For example, if your names are Ian Sutherland and Beyonce Knowles, please name your folder “Knowles and Sutherland CIT Proposal”.
  4. Share the proposal with citgrants@luc.edu by adding it to the Collaborators. Please make sure to give us edit access. We will be using this to give ratings and feedback (even if brief) to all proposers and their proposals.
  5. Upload your proposal into the folder.

Applications should be submitted to the indicated BOX file no later than Friday, March 14, 5 p.m. You may contact Dr. Thiruvathukal (gkt@cs.luc.edu) with any questions, but we will only be able to provide limited technical support. Your primary point of contact for technical questions is the ITS helpdesk.

 

 

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