In 2011, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences brought together interested faculty with scholarly and creative interests in five areas: Borders, Brain, Health, Urban, and Water. All clusters are open to CLAS faculty as well as faculty from other GVSU colleges. Additional support in the form of grant opportunities, conference announcements, and other information is provided to these self-selected groups.
Research Clusters are collaborative teams of faculty and students from different disciplines who work together on research projects and to exchange ideas, in each of these important and relevant areas.
Information about each cluster can be found by clicking the appropriate picture below.
Exploring questions at the borders of spaces and concepts, including citizenship, migration, refugees, culture, ethnicity, and changing borders due to climate change.
Exploring in learning, perception, development, and creativity. How do we learn? How can we foster creativity?
Examining questions of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and vocational health. How to maintain it? How to enhance it?
Our relationship with Grand Rapids and other urban centers and our goals of civic engagement. Exploring questions of urban planning, governance and socio-economic influences.
Exploring issues of water quality, invasive species, climate change, recreation and resource use.
Research Clusters Grant (Click here for news about outcomes!)
CLAS and CSCE will co-fund grants of up to $5000 annually for projects in each research cluster. Grant applications will be due on March 1 and October 1. The granting period will be one year. The Research Clusters Steering Group will review the grants and make recommendations to CLAS and CSCE. A report on grant activities will be due to CLAS and CSCE at the end of the year.
Successful applications will request funding for projects focusing on one of the five Research Clusters (Borders, Brain, Health, Urban, and Water) and will involve students, include participation of faculty from 3 or more disciplines (sciences, humanities, and social sciences), demonstrate how collaborative effort will help solve the question/problem under investigation in a way that individual effort is less likely to do so, include plans for dissemination of results internally (e.g. faculty research colloquium, SSD) and externally (e.g. conferences, publications, and use the grant as seed money to help with seeking external grant funding for the project.
Special consideration will be given to projects that include a technology transfer component or a community engagement component.
Please submit an application of 4-5 pages to Shaily Menon in the CLAS Deans office by March 1 or October 1, as an electronic attachment for review by the Research Clusters Steering Group. Click here for Research Clusters Grant Application Guidelines.