Objectives of the UF Creative Campus Initiative are to establish educational settings that foster creativity in all disciplines, promote new interdisciplinary interactions, and encourage new ways of solving problems and formulating ideas. These in turn, support the larger UF goal of fostering an educational institution in which creativity, innovation, collaboration and empathy permeate academic life and impact education.
Researchers are known for using interdisciplinary learning, inventiveness, and synergistic thinking. While creativity is often associated with the arts, it is absolutely not exclusive to the arts. UF’s Creative Campus initiative endeavors to broaden conditions for stimulating creativity across the campus and the overall curricula in multiple disciplines.
Faculty whose research or teaching utilizes innovative approaches to solving problems, providing novel insights or introducing fresh perspectives are encouraged to apply for a Creative Campus grant as an opportunity to engage, campus, inform undergraduate education, or impact the community.
The UF Creative Campus Committee administers an annual funding process for project proposals. The two categories are: Catalyst Grants and Creative Scholars-in-Residence. The total amount of funding annually for this program is $50,000.
The Catalyst Fund (up to $15,000 awarded per project)
Faculty members are invited to propose projects individually or in collaboration with other faculty, staff, and students that include highly innovative approaches to teaching or multi-disciplinary inquiry. 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 change, or entrepreneurship-based collaborations.
Applicants are required to demonstrate uniqueness of approach, explain the creative potential of the proposed work (i.e., its novelty as well as sustainability within UF’s ecosystem of expertise and activities), and to illustrate how the project will 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 $15,000, and are for projects that can be completed within the academic year of funding. Modest requests are encouraged. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain matching funds to enhance/enlarge projects.
Creative Scholar-in-Residence Program
(compensation to home department $5,000 per scholar per semester)
The Scholar-in-Residence will spend one or two semesters in a college away from his or her academic home department, specifically to carry out research, conversation, 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 the other UF college or department. Schlars are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the host department. In addition to stating the creative aspects of the proposed work, applicants should describe 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 $5,000 per course vacated by the scholar, up to a maximum of $10,000 per person.