Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund

Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund: Call for Proposals- April 14 deadline

Proposals are now being accepted for the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund (PISF) for FY2015. The fund will provide support for a cross-School, cross-disciplinary event to be held on Penn’s campus within a year of the award’s being issued. The event – which can be in the form of a symposium, forum, or conference – should occur over one to two days and be open to the entire Penn community. It should be focused on a topic of research that draws on faculty expertise across at least two Penn Schools, centers, and departments and is intended to engage external thought leaders and help set the foundation for future partnerships. In this way, PISF funds aim to stimulate interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations in support of the Penn Compact 2020’s emphasis on one of the University’s distinguishing strengths: the integration of knowledge.

Vice Provost for Research Dawn Bonnell, in consultation with a review panel, will award two to three PISF grants per cycle on a competitive basis. Applicants can request between $30,000 and $50,000 in support. Proposals should include faculty leadership from more than two Schools and must document matching support from institutional and/or external sources. The event must also include the participation of Penn graduate or undergraduate students in both organization and delivery.  A final report must be submitted that outlines the accomplishments of the event, which could include new collaborative endeavors, outreach, publications, and grants.

The PISF application is available at:

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