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Updated August 19, 2016 

Lupe Flores 

HACU joins with three organizations to launch new NSF project

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is joining with three organizations in the new NSF-funded project "Germinating Transformative Climate Change Research through Diversity," which will bring together individuals from widely disparate cultural, educational, and disciplinary backgrounds to collaborate in developing research proposals.

The National Science Foundation’s EAGER (Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) award funds the program, which will include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; and the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Each organization will designate four participants who can be senior level graduate students, early stage faculty, or postdoctoral scholars in any field relevant to climate change research.  

HACU Senior Vice President and COO John Moder said, "HACU is excited to be part of this project that not only addresses the critical issue of climate resilience, but promises to explore new ways to foster creativity by capitalizing on a research team intentionally diverse in discipline, culture, institutional background, race and ethnicity."  

Representatives from funding agencies and established climate researchers will facilitate team and proposal development. Travel and lodging costs for the workshops will be covered with grant resources, with each collaborator expected to participate in:  

  • A 2.5 day workshop at NCSA (tentatively) scheduled Nov. 4-6, 2016
  • A several month "gestation" period when teams develop research ideas into grant proposals
  • A second workshop in winter 2017 designed to finalize the research proposals for funding submissions

Participants will be selected on the basis of research promise, interest in climate resiliency research, ability to collaborate positively with a research team diverse in terms of disciplinary, research and life experiences, and institutional support for growing research interest and capacity.  

For more information about how to apply, click here or email Will Barley. Extended Application Deadline is Sept. 15, 2016.