CRASE Interdisciplinary Action Groups Grant Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Engaging Invisible and Visible Borders: Reimagining New Possibilities

Borders are more complex than a divide that separates two places–here and there. Borders involve locations and dislocations, us versus them, inclusion and exclusion, but borders can also embody and represent complicated and layered understandings of psychological, social, geographical, and cultural landscapes that impact all of us. With the current political debates about immigration, travel, and belonging as well as recent natural and manmade disasters and tragedies locally and around the world, how do we as scholars investigate and explore new ideas, solutions, innovations and artistic responses to interrogate our understandings of borders? Or, how do we reimagine borders to consider new frameworks for engaging with openness and a focusing on human capacity in the context of perceived divides?


CRASE is seeking proposals from faculty Interdisciplinary Action Groups, which represent teams of full-time USF faculty across at least 2 colleges/schools and 3 departments. These groups collectivize to conduct innovative projects which address our theme, Engaging Invisible and Visible Borders. We are especially interested in faculty projects that are linked to local, national, and international implications. Interdisciplinary Action Group teams propose a semester long project with a specific, high impact goal that provides new ideas, strategies, and possibilities to USF, key stakeholders, and to the public.
Outcomes must contribute to the public debate concerning the theme and may include the following:
Preparing and disseminating a policy brief, position paper, or legal document
Publishing a blog, commentary, Op-Ed, or other piece of public scholarship
Giving a presentation, exhibition, workshop, or symposium to the community
Examples of previous grant awards can be found here:


Two to three grant awards of up to $3,000 will be awarded in the spring of 2018. Awards disbursed to recipients, as opposed to tangible goods, will only be paid to full-time faculty and may be taxed. Funds cannot be disbursed to students and non-full-time faculty at USF. Awards must be spent as indicated by the award letter otherwise the unspent portion will be returned to CRASE.


Submit a 5-page proposal, single spaced (not including cover page or citations) addressing the following:

  • Urgent issue: Proposals must describe their topic as it relates to the theme of Engaging Invisible and Visible Borders: Reimagining New Possibilities 
  • Plans: Provide a detailed description of your plan for the project.
  • Timeline: Describe how your team will address this topic over the course of a semester.
  • Outcomes: What are your proposed outcomes (i.e. policy brief, book proposal, community presentation, etc)? How will these inform the public debate on your topic?
  • Team: Who is in your team and what perspective, fields, departments, and schools/colleges/library do they represent? Provide brief bios of each member and a narrative of the overall team and why these different perspectives are important.
  • Budget: What is your budget and how do you propose to spend the money? Previous proposals have included honoraria for guest speakers, food for an event, art supplies, and faculty stipends.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Interdisciplinary nature of the team
  • Significance of the topic 
  • A clear articulation of the project and its connection to the theme Engaging Invisible and Visible Borderlands: Reimagining New Possibilities 
  • Feasibility of the project to have high impact 
  • Meaningfulness of the proposed outcomes
  • Appropriateness of the budget


Deadline for submission is Friday March 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. to Proposals will be reviewed by a team of faculty from across the university. Announcements will be made March 15, 2018. Awards must be spent by May 15, 2018 and the deliverables (such as policy briefs or journal article) must be submitted by June 15, 2018. Winning teams are expected to submit a blog post (500-800 words) to be published on the CRASE blog summarizing the project due June 30, 2018. Faculty teams are also featured in the CRASE Academic Faculty Circles.


We strongly encourage emailing us your ideas, intent to apply, and potential dates, so that we may provide provisional feedback prior to submitting your final proposal. We can also assist in forming interdisciplinary groups.