Provost's Collaborative Research Grants


Note: The 2022 Competition is now closed. The 2023 competition will open in Fall 2022.

The Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants help faculty with research and scholarly production by incentivizing disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration. A call for proposals are issued in early fall. 


Faculty teams may receive up to $5,000, with preference given to projects involving collaboration between two or more researchers from different colleges. Faculty are required to acknowledge funding on any published documentation related to the research and its findings.


Applicants can be either junior or senior faculty (tenure-track, tenured, or non-tenure track in professorial positions) actively pursuing a research agenda.

Examples of collaboration include:

  • New study collaborations across colleges
  • Strong interdisciplinary teams
  • Junior faculty with strong senior faculty mentoring

Faculty may choose to collaborate with graduate or undergraduate students on a research project, but the faculty member must apply for the grant and direct the project.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following in one PDF document to

  • Two-page condensed curriculum vitae of relevant previous research for each collaborator
  • Purpose statement: outlining the need and the expected impact (no more than two pages)
  • Project proposal including the research question, methods, expected outcomes and how this will affect future research plans (no more than three pages)
  • Detailed budget
  • **Statement on how research will be carried out during COVID-19 situation, including safety precautions, etc.

2021-22 Awardees and Projects

A Maternal Health Hackathon: Co-Designing with Diverse Communities to Improve Birth Outcomes in Arkansas, Bree McMahon (ARTS), Kelly Johnson (NURS), Allison Scott (NURS), Alison Place (ARTS), Cara Osborne (SEVI)


Establishing Interactions between Microgels and Viruses Using Φ6 as a Model for Other Lipid-Enveloped Viruses, Susanne Striegler (CHBC) and Kristen Gibson (FDSC)


The Evolution of Global Value Chain Networks: Drivers, Consequences, and the Impact of Global Economic Uncertainty, Ka Zeng (PLSC), Jingping Gu (ECON), Raja Kali (ECON)


Does the Use of Poetry in Science Courses Enhance Attitudes Towards Achievement in Science? Albert Cheng (EDRE), Stephen Burgin (CIED), Kate Walker (BISC)


Developing Psychophysiological and Physics-based Data Analytic Techniques to Study Intra-Individual Variability in Post-Stroke Aphasia, Mohammad Haghighi (RHRC) and Mahmoud Moradi (CHBC)


Discovering Neural Mechanisms in Animal Behavior, Woodrow Shew (PHYS) and Erica Westerman (BISC)


The Arkansas Accent Project: A Documentary, Ben Corbett (THTR) and Ringo Jones (COMM)


Paleontological Predictive Modeling in the Luangwa River Valley, Zambia, Lucas Delezene (ANTH) and  Carla Klehm (CAST)


Science Meets Communication: Identifying Effective Science Communication Strategies in the Digital Age, Jee Young Chung (JOUR) and  Young Hye Song (BMEG)