The goals of the Creative Campus Initiative are to establish educational settings that foster creativity in all disciplines, promote interdisciplinary projects and encourage new ways of solving problems and expressing ideas. On a creative campus, creativity, innovation, collaboration and empathy permeate academic life. Diversity of thought and innovative approaches assist students in developing a blend of skills considered vital to their future successes as citizens in the new idea marketplace.
Creative resources abound at the University of Florida. Artists, scholars and researchers invest in interdisciplinary learning, inventiveness and synergistic thinking. While creativity is often associated with the arts, it is not exclusive to the arts. UF’s Creative Campus Initiative endeavors to broaden conditions for stimulating creativity across the campus and the overall curriculum in multiple disciplines to produce graduates who will thrive in their work.
The UF Creative Campus Initiative is spearheaded by the Creative Campus Committee that administers an annual funding process for projects. Two categories are available for applications; Creative Scholar-in-Residence and Catalyst Grants.
The Creative Campus Committee is accepting proposals for projects that offer highly innovative approaches to teaching, research, or multi-disciplinary enquiry. Faculty members are invited to propose projects individually or in collaboration with other faculty, staff, and students. In all cases, the committee seeks to fund activities that have the potential to be transformative academically and have significant impacts on the social fabric of the campus. Examples might include developing creative projects or programs such as interdisciplinary research projects, curriculum projects, or entrepreneurship-based collaborations, as well as creativity cultivating activities, such as conducting workshops or bringing a scholar/speaker from this field to campus.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate uniqueness of approach, and to indicate how the project could yield discernible results for the UF population. Proposals should also include plans for disseminating the project activities and possible future directions. Preference will be given to projects that include significant involvement from undergraduates, although this is not a strict requirement. Proposals may request a maximum of $25,000, and should describe projects that can be completed within the year of funding. Applicants are encouraged to obtain matching funds to enhance larger projects.
Successful applicants in this program will spend one or two semesters in a college away from their traditional academic home, specifically to carry out research, discussion, and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment. Applicants must propose a research question or project to be addressed along with an action plan for working on this question collectively with faculty and students in another UF department. Scholars are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the host department. Applicants should indicate the projected outcomes for the individual scholar, host department, and home department, and obtain letters of endorsement from both the home department and the proposed host college or department. This fund will compensate the applicant’s home department at a rate of $5000 per course vacated by the scholar, up to a maximum of $10,000 per person.