Introduction from Chancellor Pradeep Khosla
Interdisciplinary scholarship is at the heart of the truly excellent research university. More and more frequently, solutions to the most challenging research problems require the collaborative talents of groups of investigators with a range of disciplinary skills. And yet, most graduate programs derive research support from single investigator sponsored research through contracts or grants from public or private sources. A new funding mode is therefore required for truly innovative collaboratives.
UC San Diego has set aside support for small groups who seek to undertake cooperative/collaborative research. The Collaboratories program is intended to provide fellowship support for groups of students (undergraduate, graduate or professional) who will work jointly under the supervision of an interdisciplinary faculty group. The aim is to encourage faculty to form and support such groups as they develop preliminary results sufficient to support applications for outside funding.
As Chancellor, I will fund small groups of faculty (3 to 5 PIs) willing to form a collaboratory to supervise the research of 3 to 5 students (full-time graduate, professional or part-time undergraduates) for up to two years. The funding will support full or partial fellowships for the jointly supported students. Faculty eligible to participate in the program will include all those who are eligible to chair doctoral committees. Departmental affiliations of faculty collaborators must include representation from at least two divisions and three departments. Supported students must be enrolled in at least two different departments, although not necessarily the same departments as the faculty members. Eligible students must have completed one academic year at UC San Diego (at the time of funding), must carry a GPA of at least a 3.00, and must be in good academic standing, as demonstrated by making expected progress toward a degree.
-Chancellor Pradeep Khosla
The application requires:
Effective March 1, 2010, no individual faculty member or student may be named on more than one proposal in any given round.
Proposals will be due in the Graduate Division by March 1 or September 1 for projects to begin no earlier than June 1 or January 1, respectively. If the deadline falls on a weekend or University holiday, it will be extended to the next regular business day.
*Note: For the year 2017, the first deadline will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Awards will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the basis of perceived merit in consultation with an advisory group of faculty that s/he will consult. Decisions will be announced 60 days after the relevant due date.
Evaluation will be based on the answers to the following questions.
*These questions are taken from a recent AAU Report of the Interdisciplinary Task Force.*
Additional years of support are not automatic. The Principal Investigators will need to submit a progress report, formally requesting a second year of funding.
Funding is contingent upon the faculty team making satisfactory progress towards obtaining research support from outside sponsors.
One month prior to the end of the current project period, the faculty group must submit a progress report that
Failure to submit this report by the due date will automatically terminate the proposed fellowship support for the following year. If funding is available, and the faculty group is making sufficient progress in their research program, the Dean may elect to renew funding.
Graduate Fellowship Advisor at 858-822-2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org