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University Funding Opportunities

Rice University’s Arts Initiatives Fund (AIF) supports experimentation and collaboration in creativity and the arts across the entire campus.

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With the understanding that face-to-face interactions and discussions enrich and enhance the quality of pedagogy, exchange of ideas, and collaborative goodwill, Rice has established the Awards for International Collaboration (AIC) to support travel-related expenses necessary for faculty members to catalyze or deepen ties with Strategic Partner institutions.

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The University Committee on Teaching administers a grant from the Brown Foundation for the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice.

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Each year, CERCL (Center for Engaged Research & Collaborative Learning) accepts proposals for grants not to exceed $2,000 to encourage new courses or the update of existing courses in line with the goals of the Center.

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Consistent with its core mission and in solidarity with Rice for Black Life and the various other forms of resistance across the globe, the Center for Engaged Research & Collaborative Learning (CERCL) is accepting proposals for grants up to $3,000 to assist with Rice’s continuing effort to counter anti-black racism and push for a more just society as central elements of its teaching, research, and leadership strategies.

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Rice University’s Conference and Workshop Development Fund fosters the development of conferences and workshops that enhance the reputation and quality of scholarship across the University.

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De Lange Conferences spotlight timely, significant themes of wide interest. A budget of up to $150,000 is available for a multi-disciplinary conference capable of attracting a broad audience within the university, as well as wider participation at the local, regional, and/or national levels.

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The purpose of the Doerr Institute's Leader Development Innovation Awards is to encourage and support faculty contributions to the development of students' capacity to lead across the University, through innovative teaching, curricular innovations, and relevant research.

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Part of Rice's Creative Venture Funds, Rice University’s Faculty Initiatives Fund (FIF) is an internal funding mechanism that awards competitive grants of between $5,000-$50,000 to Rice faculty. (In extenuating circumstances, grants of up to $75,000 can be considered.)  These grants are intended to help faculty members develop adventurous research and scholarly projects that enhance the university and lead to larger endeavors, research breakthroughs, external funding opportunities, or unusually creative works.

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The Houston Solutions Lab is a vehicle to draw Rice researchers and City of Houston departments together for mutually beneficial research.

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