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CANCELED ISSSF Funding Opportunity Informational Session

Interdisciplinary, Scalable Solutions for a Sustainable Future (ISSSF)

Background and Purpose

The Interdisciplinary, Scalable Solutions for a Sustainable Future (ISSSF) project is funded by the Office of the Provost, Provost Investment Fund. This is a three-year project, beginning in 2019, with an annual budget of $100,000.

 The primary aims for this project are to:

  • Promote the University of Iowa as an important destination for research and teaching in the environmental and sustainability sciences.
  • Enhance the competitiveness of UI researchers as they seek large interdisciplinary grants.
  • Engage faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from across campus in research focused on sustainability.

The Annual seed grant program

It is expected that 3-5 proposals will be funded this year. Research teams must be comprised of researchers from more than one discipline and funded projects must be focused on questions related to sustainability.  As suggested above, a primary goal for this project is to increase the number of externally funded research projects in the area of sustainability science and sustainable development. Funding can, for example, be used to collect data and conduct analyses needed to enhance the competitiveness of a subsequent proposal to an external funding agency or to build a team that produces and submits a proposal to an external funding agency.  Projects for data collection and analysis should not exceed $40,000, proposals for team building should not exceed $7,500. All proposals should fully address: 1) the relevance of the work to sustainability and 2) plans for subsequent proposals.  Use inspired research that engages Iowa communities is encouraged but not required. The majority of participants on team building proposals must be UI faculty or research scientists and the lead institution for subsequent proposals must be UI.

Review criteria include:

  • Relevance to sustainability and sustainable development
  • Intellectual merit
  • Detailed plan for a subsequent proposal for external funds
  • Inclusion of students in the research process.

The Office of Sustainability and the Environment will hold an information session on April 3rd at 9am in 22 Schaeffer Hall.

Questions can also be sent to David Bennett, david-bennett@uiowa.edu.

More information:  https://sustainability.uiowa.edu/academics-research/isssf-project

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Blake Rupe in advance at (319)335-5121 or blake-rupe@uiowa.edu