Summer “Pop-Up” Faculty Working Groups

What: Research awards of $500 per participant, up to $3000 maximum per group
Who: UCR CHASS Faculty (including LSOE, LPSOE and Lecturers.) Project participants must include Faculty, LSOE, LPSOE or Lecturers from other UC campuses.
When: Between June 15, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Deadline to apply: April 6, 2021

Summer “Pop-Up” Faculty Working Group Awards are designed to encourage CHASS faculty to collaborate with faculty from other UC campuses in exploring a humanities-related topic of common interest over the course the summer of 2021. Of particular interest are proposals that have potential to establish or strengthen UC research networks.

Groups should consist of 4 or 6 members, half of whom are from campuses other than UCR. Activities may include (but are not limited to) research discussions on a theme, preparation of grant proposals, manuscript development workshops and/or other writing projects. Participants agree to meet at least 5 times over the course of the proposed project. Proposals for groups larger than 6 members may be considered, but awards will not exceed $3000 per group, thereby lowering the per person award amount accordingly. Research funds will be transferred to participants’ home departments at the close of the project. Funds may cover research-related travel, research materials or other research-related expenses, in accordance with standard UC and campus policies.

The application deadline is midnight, April 6, 2021. Submissions are accepted via email to with the subject line “Summer Pop-up + Project Title,” with PDF attachments of supporting documents.

Complete applications include:

  • Project title and abstract (300-word limit)
  • Description of proposed project: Limit the proposal to 750 words or less, not including bibliography or CVs. When drafting, note the criteria outlined in the other sections of this call, particularly under Evaluation. Identify goals and objectives and clarify the collaborative aspects of the project.
  • Timeline of proposed activities and meetings
  • List of confirmed participants, with CV’s (2 page limit each)
  • (Optional) Bibliography

Evaluation Criteria

In addition to humanities-emphasis, the advisory committee looks for intellectually sound, clear, and well-organized proposals that represent the following values and standards:

  • The importance of the questions, issues, or problems the collaboration seeks to address.
  • The capacity of the collaboration to enhance or develop insights into or an understanding of these questions, issues, or problems.
  • The extent to which the collaboration has appropriately taken account of existing research and scholarship.
  • The appropriateness, effectiveness, and feasibility of the proposed approach or research methods.
  • The ability of the participants to complete or significantly advance the project as indicated by previous accomplishments.
  • The potential of the proposed topic to lay the groundwork for and/or inspire future research, programs, grants, or community relationships.

Questions about the award or application process: