2017 Competitive Awards Request for Proposals
The Rural Futures Institute is now accepting applications for the fifth round of RFI Competitive Awards. This is an opportunity for University of Nebraska faculty to turn research and teaching ideas in to action and for community members and organizations to partner with NU faculty to create innovative solutions to critical rural challenges and opportunities. We look forward to learning about your bold ideas.
March 1, 2017, 4 p.m. CST
May 1, 2017
July 1, 2017
March 15, 2017, 4 p.m. CST
May 15, 2017
July 1, 2017
About RFI Competitive Awards
The Competitive Awards Program connects partners, campuses and communities. Awards are designed to provide seed funding in the areas of 1) Teaching and Engagement and 2) Research and Engagement. Funded projects foster the discovery of new opportunities and the development of innovative solutions to challenges facing rural people and places.
Teaching & Engagement awards are to function in fostering the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of student learning through civic engagement, service learning, or undergraduate and graduate community-based research projects.
Successful Teaching & Engagement proposals must develop a structure that forms partnerships between students, faculty, and community agencies/programs. The grant program also encourages college student involvement in providing services to help meet the community’s needs, integrates meaningful student service experiences into curriculum, and builds curriculum-based reflection activities to enhance student learning.
Research & Engagement awards are to function as “seed grants” which are designed to lay the foundation for larger requests to funding sources beyond the University of Nebraska. Successful Research & Engagement proposals must explicitly address transdisciplinary and collaborative considerations both internal and external to the University. Transdisciplinary work “utilizes a broad range of views and expertise, including community-based knowledge, to address contemporary rural issues…”
True to the spirit of the Rural Futures Institute, both types of grants should create an environment in which deep and meaningful collaborative partnerships are the norm. Grants should demonstrate collaboration across campuses, departments and disciplines, as well as with external stakeholders such as other non-University campuses, communities, state and local government, trade associations, civic groups and the philanthropic community.