The Graduate College invites proposals from faculty and graduate students for 2014-2015 Focal Point projects. The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available at on the Graduate College website at www.grad.illinois.edu/focalpoint. Focal Point seeks to stimulate the formation of new intellectual communities and interdisciplinary research activities among faculty and graduate students. Proposals should be uploaded to the Graduate College website by March 21, 2014.
The 2014 Focal Point RFP solicits proposals from a broad range of topics. We especially encourage new proposals for:
. Collaborative research communities addressing issues of domestic under-represented minorities in graduate education, aligning with the campus's diversity initiatives, such as Illinois EDGE (Enhancing Diversity, Guiding Excellence). Such projects may also propose collaborations with domestic institutions to strengthen diversity in graduate education.
. Project teams who collaborate with international institutions or NGOs to establish new partnerships for graduate education in the pursuit of innovative topics with international/global impact.
We welcome Phase II proposals that build upon successful projects and provide new directions and opportunities for graduate students.
This year, the Graduate College is pleased to announce a new option for Focal Point proposals: Focal Point Breakthrough grants for potentially transformative projects.
We invite all graduate students and faculty interested in developing Focal Point proposals to attend information sessions.