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CLAS Research Clusters
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences seeks to bring together interested faculty with scholarly and creative interests in six areas: Borders, Brain, Digital, Health, Urban, and Water. All research clusters are open to CLAS faculty as well as faculty from other GVSU colleges. In each of these important and relevant areas, the goal is to help faculty network and to nurture and spark projects that span different disciplines.
CLAS provides additional support in the form of grant opportunities, conference announcements, and other information to these self-selected groups.
Information about each cluster can be found by clicking the appropriate picture below. If you are interested in joining one of the groups, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Connecting faculty whose research engages digital media from data analytics to the digital humanities.
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.
For more information about Research Clusters, contact the Assistant Dean for Faculty and Staff Development.
Research Clusters Professional Development Funds
Research Clusters Grant (Click here for news about outcomes!)
CLAS will fund projects that fall under the umbrella of one of these research clusters and that involve faculty from more than one discipline or college. The goal of these Research Cluster Professional Development Funds is to seed collaboration that can lead to more ambitious projects. These funds can also be used in combination with internal funding from other sources.
Research Cluster Professional Development Funds categories:
- Collaborative Group for Extramural Grant Proposal ($1000) – Funding for a faculty group to work together on putting together a large collaborative and interdisciplinary grant proposal submission.
- Conference Planning and Implementation ($1500) – Funding for a faculty group to plan and implement an interdisciplinary conference.
- Pilot Collaborative Research Project ($1000) – Seed money to demonstrate success for implementing a collaborative, interdisciplinary project in order to enhance submission of a future extramural grant submission.
- Pilot Community-based Project ($1000) – Seed money to demonstrate success for implementing a community-based, service-learning project with faculty and students from various disciplines.
The CLAS Dean’s Office will accept funding applications on a rolling basis. The Dean will make funding decision in consultation with ADs and with relevant unit heads. A final report on the project will be due at the end of the PDF period, and should address the outcomes of the project, budget utilization, dissemination of the project outcomes, and plans for extramural funding. In addition to the final report, the project participants will present their project at a CLAS Research Colloquium.
Please submit an application of 4-5 pages to the CLAS Dean’s Office.