Research and Creativity Convention Interdisciplinary Student Grants

The Research and Creativity Convention Interdisciplinary Student Grants encourage scholarly research and creative work that cross disciplinary boundaries and increase cooperation between departments. The goal is to build bridges across the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, fine arts and humanities, to address complex social issues, problems and opportunities. Such research has not been traditionally awarded, and hopes to transform the culture of research, innovation and creativity on campus.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the grant is a formal recognition at the Research and Creativity Convention, awarding up to the equivalent of $2,000 to the winning interdisciplinary team in one of the following categories:

Interdisciplinary Research

  • This is research that brings together perspectives from multiple disciplines, and uses mixed methods, instruments, models, or approaches to create new knowledge and find new answers. The output is a scholarly research paper that qualifies for publication.   

Interdisciplinary Creativity

  • This is a work of creativity that addresses issues or problems from the physical, behavioral or human sciences. The output is a creative product (e.g. film, art piece, installation, musical composition), that qualifies for exhibition in reputable arenas.

Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • This is a project that has identified a gap, a need or an opportunity in the community, defined the potential market or beneficiary, and developed a tool using local, cost-effective material to address the issues identified. The product is an innovation or entrepreneurial application, that qualifies as a protectable intellectual property.


  • Each team applying for the grant has to recruit and identify a faculty grant advisor, to help manage the grant in the event of winning.  
  • Each team applying for a grant has to pitch their proposal at a panel of judges at the Research and Creativity Convention held every Spring.
  • Up to three grants will be awarded each year. The duration of the grant is one year.  


  • Eligible teams consist of three to five full-time AUC students from different disciplines. Student teams may be all graduates, all undergraduates, or a mix of both.

Application Process

  • In response to a call for proposals, student teams fill out an application form and submit all required documents by March 1 of each year.

The proposal has to include the following elements:

  • Title of the project.
  • Abstract (not to exceed 1200 characters with spaces).
  • Introduction, including review of related research (not to exceed 3000 characters with spaces).
  • Specific aims (related to the broad goals of the project).
  • Design and methods, including how each specific aim will be addressed.
  • Work plan, which indicates the duration and plan of action (not to exceed one year)
  • Budget: An itemization of expenditures, with a justification.
  • Timeline and roles of each member of the team.


  • Compliance: All projects involving human subjects require approval by AUC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) before funds are granted and the research can begin. Please view the AUC Institutional Review Board (IRB). The applicant will be required to provide a copy of the approval notification or protocol number for approved projects and must bear the responsibility of following all necessary health and safety procedures.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) of members of the team.
  • Support letter from a faculty grant advisor.

Reporting and Project Dissemination:

  • By the end of the fiscal year for which the grant has been awarded, the interdisciplinary team need to have submitted a final report, which includes a financial breakdown, and a description of the learning outcomes.

Deadline for Submissions

  • April 1, 2018

Proposal Evaluation

  • Proposals for the Research and Creativity Convention Interdisciplinary Grants will be evaluated by a committee consisting of members from the University Research Board (URB), the Research and Creativity Convention organizing committee, distinguished members of faculty, alumni and the Parents Association.