College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) Research Support is a resource for faculty and students involved in research at the college. On this page, CAPLA scholars will find current grant funding and partnership opportunities as well as conference and submission opportunities that are focused on built environment research. Links to the University of Arizona and CAPLA resources to support scholarly activity will also be provided on this page. In addition, the current news about the university-wide research initiative Building a Changing World will be included here along with Drachman Institute news and events. Occasionally, we will post a discussion about current opportunities or changing environments. Finally, this page will feature current research activity and accomplishments by CAPLA faculty and students.
Announcing another cycle of research seed grants!
CAPLA Research Seed Grants will be awarded to faculty proposals for scholarly work that are deemed worthy and that address one or more of the following criteria:
- Progresses scholarly work in the Built Environment
- Constitutes a multi-discipline approach to the proposed work
- Includes multiple colleges within the proposed activities
- Includes international partners
- Directs the research or scholarly work toward a major grant funding agency focus area
- Directs the research or scholarly toward a corporate partner
All proposals must constitute new research or scholarly work not already in progress at UA. Each semester up to $20,000 will be allocated to fund p to 5 proposals as appropriate for each proposal scope. Permitted expenditures will include Travel, Conferences, GAs, Site Visits, Equipment, Computational Needs, or other expenses related to scholarly work. It is not intended this fund should replace start-up funds. To qualify, the proposals shall meet the outlined criteria. A university-level peer-review committee will review all proposals and recommend funding to the Dean. The committee will be coordinated by the Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs.
Proposals shall be submitted RII’s Competition Grants portal at https://arizona.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1801912 by January 28, 2020.
CAPLA Research Seed Grants awardees must demonstrate a grant has resulted in at least one proposal before the candidate is eligible for another seed grant for another project.
The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows successful, top rank faculty to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany. The award is valued at up to €1.65 million ($1.9 million). https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/kovalevskaja-award.html
Deadline: July 31, 2020
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Fellowships are tenable for periods from four to eleven months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. https://www.loc.gov/programs/john-w-kluge-center/chairs-fellowships/fellowships/kluge-fellowships/
Deadline: July 15, 2020
The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication. https://urbancomm.org/grants-awards/jane-jacobs-urban-communication-book-award/
Deadline: July 15, 2020
This award is for the best article on urban history published in a scholarly journal with a publication date of 2018 (either in print or online as part of a journal’s early online version). Criteria for selection for all awards: significance, originality, quality of research, sophistication of methodology, clarity of presentation, cogency of arguments, and contribution to the field of urban history.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
This award recognizes innovative work that expands the discipline of film and media studies, emphasizing its relationship to other visual fields, including architecture, art history, and digital media. https://www.cmstudies.org/page/awards_annefriedberg
Anticipated Deadline: July 30, 2020
Established in 1949, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award aims to annually recognize the most, “distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.” https://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/award-programs/publication-awards
Anticipated Deadline: June 1, 2020
This prize is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history, broadly defined. Contributions could, for example, include work as the administrator of a public history group or agency (such as a historical society, a historic site, or a community history project) or as the creator or producer of a public history product or products (such as a museum exhibit, radio script, web site, oral history collection, or film). Often, the contribution will be the result of years of effort in the field, but the prize might also recognize a singular contribution of major importance such as a pathbreaking museum exhibit. Individuals and collaborative groups are eligible to apply. https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/awards-and-prizes/herbert-feis-award
Deadline: May 15, 2020
The James Harvey Robinson Prize is awarded biennially for the teaching aid which has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes. The work should be a "teaching aid," which encompasses textbooks, source and reference materials, audiovisuals, computer-assisted instruction, and public history or museum materials. The work should have the potential to influence history education. https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/awards-and-prizes/james-harvey-robinson-prize
Deadline: May 15, 2020
The John H. Dunning Prize is awarded for an outstanding monograph on any subject relating to United States history. This biennial prize must be the author’s first or second book. https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/awards-and-prizes/john-h-dunning-prize
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Excellence & Innovation Awards
AASCU has a variety of awards: Regional & Economic Development Award, The International Education Award, The Leadership Development & Diversity Award, The Christa McCauliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award, Sustainability & Sustainable Development Award, Civic Learning & Community Engagement Award. https://www.aascu.org/EIAwards/
Applications Open in Early March with announcements in June 2020
East-West: The Art of Dialogue -- Gabr Fellowship
The Foundation sponsors and fosters exchanges between emerging leaders from Egypt and the other countries in arts, science, law, media and entrepreneurship – both business and social. Program participants spend two weeks in Egypt, followed by a further two weeks in the U.S., building enduring connections through hands-on activities, rigorous discussions, web-based interaction and most importantly, their own collaborative ‘action projects’. There is not a stipend; however, all lodging, travel, and meals are covered by the Foundation. https://eastwestdialogue.org/fellowship/
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision throughmaking project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.
Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. We are interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.
We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Our interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, we support a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators) and organizations (such as non-profit galleries, colleges and universities, publishers, and museums).
Open discourse is essential to advance study and understanding, therefore our grantmaking focuses on the public dissemination of ideas. With our support, the work of individuals and organizations reaches new audiences, from specialized to general, and creates opportunities for critical dialogue between various publics.
John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography from the Society for Visual Anthropology
This award is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date.
Deadline: March 15, 2020
Walter S. Mangold Award from the National Environmental Health Association
This award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environmental health professional. These contributions include, but are not limited to, promoting the art and science of environmental health through the development of innovative programming, which can be used to resolve environmental health problems in a multitude of areas, including at the national level; acting as a mentor and role model for peers and others; preventing disease and injury and promoting good health in communities, utilizing the highest standards of modern environmental health practices; and continually urging others to improve by use of all forms of modern communication.
Deadline: March 15, 2020 (anticipated)
Leadership in History Awards - Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History
This award is presented to recognize excellence for projects in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history (including civic engagement, special projects, educational programs, exhibits, publications, etc.), and individual lifetime achievement.
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Fellowship (Creative Writing) from the National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement
Deadline: March 6, 2020 (anticipated)
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC Defense Policy Newsletter
- NSF Releases New National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes
- NSF Releases Solicitation for Biology Integration Institutes
- Air Force Announces AF Explore Opportunity Call for Technological Leaps
- BARDA Hosts Annual Industry Day; Announces BARDA Ventures RFI
- DOD Announces CCDC Annual HBCU/MSI Undergraduate Student Design Competition
- DOD to Hold Third Annual AI Industry Day in November
- DOD to Release Draft RFP in November to Test 5G Technology at Military Installations
- DARPA BTO to Release BAA for Bridging the Gap Plus (BG+) Program BAA
Conference Opportunities and Workshops
CAPLA Faculty, Help Your Research Find Its Broadest Audience through The Conversation
University Communications has partnered with The Conversation, an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public.
The Conversation publishes articles of 800-1,000 words by academics on timely topics related to their research. Articles promoted by The Conservation have six to seven million reads per month.
How Does It Work?
- A faculty member works with University Communications to pitch an article (four or five sentences in the pitch, articles themselves are always under 1,000 words)
- If the folks as The Conversation like the pitch, they commission the piece
- Editors at The Conversation work with authors to establish the angle and structure; every piece is edited for clarity and accuracy by a second editor and copy editor before publication
- Authors have control over the final copy—an article is not published without author approval
- Once published, The Conversation promotes the piece through partnerships with The Associated Press and Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.—so articles are often republished in national outlets such as The Washington Post, Time, CNN and Scientific American, and also in local newspapers
What Does The Conversation Look for in an Article?
1.Is it of interest to a general audience?
2.Is the idea timely?
3.Is the faculty member an expert in what they're writing about?
4.Can the academic cover the topic in 1,000 words or fewer?
What are Some Examples by University of Arizona Faculty?
The Conversation is interested in a wide range of topics, but few are very specific. Some titles from Arizona faculty are “U.S. communities can suffer long-term consequences after immigration raids,” “Climate change is shrinking the Colorado River,” “One step toward making criminal justice less biased” and “Genetic Adam and Eve may have walked on Earth at the same time.”
I’m Ready to Learn More or to Make Pitch! What’s Next?
Learn more by reviewing the attached one-sheet and at an upcoming info session hosted by University Communications. A session oriented specifically to faculty of Arts and CAPLA will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 10 a.m. in Music Building, Room 114A.
If you’re ready to make a pitch, please contact Associate Dean for Research Barbara Bryson, email@example.com, and Marketing and Communications Manager Simmons Buntin, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will connect you with the University Communications team. You’ll then work directly with University Communications.
And if your pitch isn’t accepted by The Conversation, Simmons will work with the faculty member to create a pitch sent directly to other editors and/or publish our own CAPLA story.
A conference coinciding with EXPO 2020: design, planning & construction in the modern world. https://architecturemps.com/dubai-2020/
Place: American University in Dubai
Dates: 22-24 November, 2020
Abstracts: 30th June 2020 (Round One)
Note: The Open Access Journal adopts a daouble-blind peer review process
AGATHÓN is an Open Access International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, included in the ANVUR list, areas 08 and 10, of Scientific Journals. The International Scientific Committee, for its issue n. 7 | 2020 that will be published in June, promotes the topic From Mega to Nano: The Complexity of a Multiscalar Project.
Abstract Deadline: 5 February 2020
In historic Canterbury, the University of Kent hosts a conference on built heritage, future architecture and the digital turn.
Conference Dates: 29-30 June 2020
Conference Location: Canterbury, UK. University of Kent
Abstracts: 10th Feb 2020 (Round One)
In London, City University hosts a conference on urban design, architecture and infrastructure in the context of the city as a social and economic entity.
Conference Dates: 17-19 June 2020
Conference Location: London, University of London
Abstracts: 1st Dec 2019 (Round One)
Terra 2021 - 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage: Looking Back, Moving Forward - Advances in Conservation, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico June 8-11, 2021. This world congress is being co-organized by the NPS Vanishing Treasures Program, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, under the aegis of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/website/8033/
Conference Dates: 8-11, June 2021
Conference Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Abstracts: 1st March 2020
University Research Initiative Sub-Pillar - Built Environment Research
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