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Call for proposals: Thematic clusters in science and technology studies

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at the UW-Madison invites proposals to create thematic clusters to advance research, teaching and outreach on interdisciplinary topics within science and technology studies, conceived broadly. These groups will receive two years of funding at up to $15,000/year. The center will select one group this spring to be funded in AYs 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

Proposals are welcome from any UW-Madison faculty and staff doing STS-related work on campus. We recommend discussing proposals with Holtz Center personnel before submission. Lead faculty and staff in the groups should be willing to join the Holtz Center if not already affiliated.

The grant can be used to fund any activities that fall under the purview of the Holtz Center. We welcome proposals that will build community and strengthen intellectual connections across campus in a sustainable way, especially by integrating teaching, research and outreach. The grant can be used to fund field research, support faculty workshops or conferences, engage undergraduate and graduate students, provide support for creating new or revised courses, organize outreach activities, and pay for outside speakers.

The applications are due at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. The following materials are required: a one-page cover letter summarizing the proposal and listing key personnel; a five-page, double-spaced project description; a one-page budget; and 2-page CVs of key personnel.

Successful proposals will be evaluated in part by their ability to promote the following goals:
Forge new intellectual directions and thematic research clusters within STS
Enhance and expand participation in the STS community at UW-Madison
Build new connections across disciplines at UW-Madison
Involve undergraduate students in the project

For more information, please contact Samer Alatout, director of the Holtz Center, as or associate director, Lyn Macgregor,