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Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories

The Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories are an opportunity for multiyear funding for faculty and student collaborations. 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

At a glance...

  • $62,500 in fellowship funding available
  • Full and partial fellowships funded
  • Deadline in May
  • Open to array of scholars and disciplines

The aim is to encourage faculty to form and support such groups as they develop preliminary results sufficient to support applications for outside funding.

Download an application here.

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

For additional information about requirements, application components, and evaluation criteria, please expand the dropdown menu below.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply each group meet the following requirements :

  • Three to five faculty members
  • Three to five students
    • 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
    • Be in good academic standing
    • Making expected progress toward a degree
    • Full-time graduate, professional or part-time undergraduates
    • Do not need to be in same departments as faculty
  • Must be submitted by a faculty member listed on the project. Student submissions will not be accepted
Please note that this is a fellowship opportunity and is not considered employment.

Application Requirements

All application materials should be sent in a single PDF. A list of the requested information is below:

  • Complete application
    • List of 3 to 5 cooperating faculty, along with departmental affiliations
    • List of 3 to 5 students to be supported, along with department affiliations, PIDs, and current GPA
  • A CV for each faculty and student listed (2 page max per person)
  • Abstract (maximum of 100 words)
  • Proposal (2 page max, including references) in 12-point typeface
  • A first-year budget (not to exceed $15,000 per graduate student and $7,500 per undergraduate student)
    • $62,500 is available for this funding cycle. The amount may be awarded in full to one project or split among two projects.
    • Example budget: If there are three students, 1 undergraduate student and two graduate student the maximum request is $37,500. ($15,000+$15,000+$7,500=$37,500)
    • This award is only for student support in the form of stipend, tutition, and fees. Funding for new equipment, rented space, or colloquiams is not allowed.
    • This award is a fellowship and not employment.
  • Signed agreement that the supervising faculty jointly intend to seek outside support for the project to be undertaken by the interdisciplinary group 
A faculty member must submit the application to gradadvisor@ucsd.edu, submissions by students will not be accepted.
Effective March 1, 2010, no individual faculty member or student may be named on more than one proposal in any given round

How to Apply

Please email a completed application to gradadvisor@ucsd.edu by the deadline date. The application should be in a single PDF. Applications must be submitted by a participating faculty member, no student submissions will be accepted.

Deadline PASSED: May 11, 2020

This was the deadline for the June 2020-May 2021 project period. Please check back in soon with info for the 2021-2022 program.

Evaluation

Awards will be made by the Graduate Division Faculty Fellowship Committee on the basis of perceived merit. Please be advised that faculty on the Fellowship Committee are from different disciplines. Decisions will be announced 60 days after the relevant due date.

Evaluation Criteria

Download a PDF of the rubric

Topic: Is the research topic exciting and timely such that funding opportunities likely exist for continued studies?

Grade

Rationale

4

Yes; there is a strong case that the collaboration will likely seed future funding.

3

Somewhat; the topic is exciting, but it is not clear that there are opportunities for future funding.

2

Unlikely; the topic is not particularly novel and funding opportunities are likely rare.

1

No; the topic is incremental, and future funding opportunities are not discussed.

 

Collaborative nature: Does the project bring together complementary expertise that is essential for success?

Grade

Rationale

4

Yes; the expertise is clear and each of the 3-5 groups contribute unique and valuable tools to the project.

3

Somewhat; there is some overlap between two groups but otherwise, there is distinction in expertise

2

Unlikely; there is one group with unique contributions, but the other 2-4 groups overlap.

1

No; all groups overlap in expertise and contributions; or, the proposal does not address if there is complementary expertise.

 

Coordination and PIs: Are the groups qualified for the project, and is there evidence of effective leadership/coordination to ensure success?

Grade

Rationale

4

Yes; there is a plan for communication and sharing of results, and responsibilities are divided appropriately.

3

Somewhat; there is a track record of successful collaborations for some members of the team, but it is not clear if the proposed team is wholly integrated.

2

Unlikely; the collaboration appears to exist in name only, with minimal attention to coordination.

1

No; the proposal does not address methods to ensure collaborative success.

 

Reporting Requirements 

Awarded groups will submit a progress report one month prior to the end of the project period. 

The progress report will request the following information:

  • Jointly affirms that the supported students are making progress toward their degree programs or have graduated
  • Summarizes the progress that the group has made in securing extramural support.
  • Any reprints or preprints resulting from the collaboration should also be included.

A progress report must be submitted for each year of support. See the section below to learn about how to request a second year of funding. 

Download Progress Report Template 

Renewing Support

Additional years of support are not automatic. In addition to filling out the first page of the progress report (see reporting section above), the Principal Investigators will need to fill out the second page to formally request a second year of funding. 

Download Progress Report Template

When filling out the second page of the report, it is allowed to add, replace, or remove other eligible students who are in good academic standing at the time of program renewal. 

Funding is contingent upon the faculty team making satisfactory progress towards obtaining research support from outside sponsors. 

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 of Graduate Division may elect to renew funding.

Contact Information

Graduate Fellowship Advisor at 858-822-2938 or gradadvisor@ucsd.edu

Important Information

The Graduate Division does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of the proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness always rests with the applicant. Please proofread the application fully and connect with both the graduate fellowship advisor and departmental fund manager for additional guidance prior to submission.