Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)

Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) are teams of faculty members and doctoral students from the Florida International University and the University of Miami seeking to examine Latin American and Caribbean-related issues of common scholarly interest. Membership is open to faculty and graduate students. The goal of these groups is to encourage interaction, cross-disciplinary exploration, and the sharing of knowledge and experiences among otherwise-isolated faculty and graduate students from across the schools and colleges of both Universities. Groups meet regularly to carry out self-directed activities and projects.

Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) Seed Money Grants

The University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the FIU Latin American Caribbean Center (LACC) are pleased to announce a call of Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) applications for the 2011-2012 academic year. All groups must send completed applications to the Associate Director of CLAS, Israel Alonso.

IRGs are teams of faculty members and graduate that meet together to examine issues of common scholarly interest on Latin American and the Caribbean. The goal of these groups is to encourage intellectual interaction, cross-disciplinary exploration, and the sharing of knowledge and experiences among faculty and graduate students from across the schools and colleges of UM and FIU. Groups meet regularly to carry out self-directed activities and projects. Of particular interest are proposals that integrate researchers from the traditional area study core disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and researchers from the professional schools, e.g., Communication, Medicine, Education, etc. Applicants are also encouraged to include scholars from Latin America/Caribbean to be virtual participants and eventual contributors to joint research activities. All interdisciplinary topics related to Latin American and/or the Caribbean are encouraged.

$1000 IRGs

These groups hold regular meetings, sponsor talks and/or small conferences, and promote individual and collaborative publications and group member participation at conferences and symposia. Applications may be submitted by any UM of FIU faculty member and must include at least one additional faculty member from another department, school, or program. All IRGs must have participants from both universities. $1000 IRGs may use their funds to support IRG gatherings, such as low-budget lunches, modest honoraria for outside speakers, essential group work materials (e.g. photocopies), etc. Unused funds will not rollover to the next academic year.

$5000 Seed Money IRGs:

These IRGs carry out the same activities as the $1000 IRGs. Additionally, $5000 Seed Money IRGs must commit to design and write-up one or more grant proposal for important research projects that seek funding from major foundations and other sources external to UM and FIU. Funds may be used for travel, research assistance, on-campus meetings, conference and workshop attendance, data collection or other expenses related to grant preparation. The funding cannot be used for faculty salary support. Unused funds will may roll over to the next academic year.

While the purpose of a Seed Money IRG is to encourage application to outside organizations for funding of specific projects, these IRGs are expected to maintain a campus presence and to involve and enrich the UM and FIU communities. The funding should not be considered funding for a personal research project.

The selection process is conducted by a committee appointed by the CLAS and LACC, composed of faculty members from both institutions.

Reporting Requirements:

All IRGs report their activities and expenditures to the Associate Director of CLAS on a monthly basis. Seed Money IRGs must apply to external grants through the appropriate sponsored programs channels. CLAS and LACC will receive credit in the publication of any scholarly work resulting from a funded IRG. A copy of the published work must be submitted to both Centers. Any fully funded or co-sponsored events must have the CLAS and LACC logos on publicity materials.

Interdisciplinary Research Group Grant Recipients (Project Title and Principal Investigator):

"The Dynamics of Coupled Human-Natural Systems in the Forests of Southern Mexico: Community Conservation, Forest Cover Process, and Climate Change (CONCLIMATE)" David Barton Bray-FIU

"Dictatorships, Ill-Liberal Democracies and Democratic Transitions in Latin America" Bruce Bagley-UM

"Childhood in Latin America and the Caribbean, Past and Present" Traci Ardren-UM

"Disaster Mitigation and Social Renaissance in Ica, Peru" Richard Weisskoff-UM

"Violence in Central America" Cristina Eguizabal and Jose Miguel Cruz-FIU

"Culture and Creative Industries" George Yudice-UM

"The Haiti Research Group" Kate Ramsey-UM

"Atlantic Studies" Tim Watson-UM