Internal Funding Initiatives
Public Engagement Grant Awardees

Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m., on Friday, April 6, 2012


Executive Vice President and Provost Barry Butler and Vice President for Research and Economic Development Jordan Cohen announce a competition for Public Engagement Grants, a seed grant program that offers competitive grants to UI researchers, scholars and artists for limited term projects that promote collaboration between the UI and community partners.

Projects should propose teaching, learning and scholarship that engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial collaborations.  Successful proposals will launch new initiatives or enhance existing programs and include at least two of the following features:  1) address community-identified needs; 2) deepen students’ civic and academic learning; 3) enhance community well-being; 4) enrich the scholarship of the institution.  All proposals should specify tangible ways the project supports the research and/or teaching missions of the University.


All tenure-track and tenured faculty, clinical faculty, as well as professional and scientific staff members and lecturers who have at least a 50% appointment during the time of their application and the duration of the project are eligible to apply.  Applicants must include at least one community partner (defined as any Iowa based nonprofit group) in their application and all funds must be expended by June 30, 2013.


The maximum grant award is $3,500. We anticipate making four awards by June 1, 2012.  Applicants are encouraged to consult with the UI Community-Based Learning Program, as well as local nonprofit agencies such as the Community Foundation of Johnson County and the United Way of Johnson County to identify community needs and partners.