CRASE Interdisciplinary Action Groups Grant Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Discerning Security in the Modern Age

CRASE is committed to research, scholarship, and artistic efforts that directly investigate, address, and foster conversation and interventions emerging from broad interpretations and interrogations of the notion of security in the modern society.

Many of our current local, national, and international challenges stem from differing views of what is security? and what do we deserve security from? Many people consider security in terms of the public’s privacy from corporations and hackers; school students’ safety from violence; or the planet’s need for protection from human exploitation. The notion of security, however, is also used to divide people. Nationalist movements across the globe, emerging surveillance technologies, and other innovations and efforts, all deploy ‘security’ to animate their purposes while creating marginalization and destruction within vulnerable populations.

In this time of unregulated social media and cynical propaganda, how do we think about ensuring ethical protections and securities for the common good? How can creative and interdisciplinary scholarship help the public discern information critically so that we are not manipulated by fear?


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, Discerning Security in the Modern Age.

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 Fall of 2019. Awards may be used to purchase tangible goods related to grant activities. While funds can be used for stipends and honoraria, they can 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 500-700 word proposal addressing the following:

  • Urgent issue: Succinctly describe the problem your topic seeks to address as it relates to the theme, Discerning Security in the Modern Age
  • Plans: Provide a detailed description of your 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)?
  • Team: Describe group members, noting individual contributions to your topic, departments, and schools/colleges/library they represent. Provide brief bios of each member and why their perspectives are important.
  • Budget: What is your budget and how do you propose to spend the funds? 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
  • Clarity in articulation of the project and its connection to the theme Discerning Security in the Modern Age
  • Feasibility of the project to impact local, regional, and/or national communities  
  • Meaningfulness of the proposed outcomes
  • Appropriateness of the budget


Deadline for submission is Wednesday December 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. via the application form. Proposals will be reviewed by a team of faculty from across the university. Announcements will be made December 14, 2019. Awards must be spent and the deliverables (such as policy briefs or journal article) must be submitted by March 16, 2020. Winning teams are expected to submit a blog post (500-800 words) to be published on the CRASE blog summarizing the project due April 16, 2020. 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.

As a Jesuit institution, USF is committed to founded on academic rigor and scholarship stemming from reflection and discernment on social, artistic, and environmental justice-related issues with the goal of developing a deeper, interreligious understandings, and service to others, especially poor and marginalized communities. The mission’s parameters are broad and inclusive and we encourage scholars to expand their understanding of how their work “encourages critical, analytical, and creative approaches to solving problems.”

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