The Commons at the University of Kansas supports research endeavors that bring together the sciences, arts, and humanities to explore the reciprocal relationship between natural and cultural systems. In so doing, the Commons intends to be a catalyst for bold innovation, unconventional thinking and unexpected discoveries.
The Commons Starter Grants are intended to nurture and develop interdisciplinary, collaborative research ideas at the conceptual stage. Starter Grants support the initial stages of the development of research and creative ideas that may be overlooked by more conventional disciplinary funding sources. They provide funds for collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams who seek to find their common language and methodological approach. Starter Grants take into consideration projects with potential to develop into proposals for RIC awards. Awards are supported by KU Research.
From 2009-2011, Interdisciplinary Seed Grants in Nature and Culture were supported by the Center for Research. From 2012-2013, Seed Grants were supported by the Center for Research and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. In 2014, The Commons adapted the format of the competition to complement the larger panoply of programming offered by The Commons and the funding opportunities afforded by KU's Research Investment Council.
Abbey Dvorak, Kip Haaheim, Michelle Hayes, Nicole Hodges Persley, and Sherrie Tucker. Improvising Inclusive Communities: From AUMI to the Center for Improvisation Studies
Michelle Johnson-Motoyama and Donna Ginther. Exploring the Causal Impact of Economic Policies on Child Maltreatment in the U.S.
D. Bryon Darby, Paul Stock, and Tim Hossler. New Farmers
Joe Colistra, Martha Rabbani, Jeremy Shellhorn, Amanda Schwegler, and Andi Witczak. Engaged Design: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Public Impact of Design
Brent Metz, Jodi Gentry, Belinda Sturm, Aida Ramos Viera, et al. Combining Engineering, Public Health, Anthropological, Geographic and Film Knowledge for Sustainable Development Among the Ch'orti' Maya of Guatemala
Paul Stock, Tim Miller, Kelly Kindscher, Kate Meyer, James Gunn, et al. Food Utopias: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Ideal Food Systems
Jay T. Johnson, Gene Rankey, Johannes Feddema, et al. Learning from the Indigenous Science: Indigenous Perception and Adaptation to Environmental Change in Kiribati