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Oct. 3, 2006

Obermann Center Invites Interdisciplinary Research Grant Proposals

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa invites proposals for Interdisciplinary Research Grants for collaborative scholarship or creative work to be conducted at the Obermann Center during summer 2007. Eligible UI faculty and staff may collaborate with other faculty and staff, including department colleagues, or with scholars worldwide.

Each collaborator on a project will be awarded a $6,000 stipend for a 4-week residency. Typically, three or four grants are awarded. Grants are supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Graduate College, and the Obermann Fund.

Jay Semel, Director of the Obermann Center, said the Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants, with their distinctive emphasis on collaborative work, were the first of their kind in the nation. Since the program's establishment more than a decade ago, UI projects funded by these grants have resulted in numerous jointly-authored articles and books, as well as federal and foundation grants totaling more than $6 million.

Recent topics of approved projects have included "Computer Visualization and Identification of DNA Knots and Links," "India Calling: Accents, Identities and Aliases in the Indian Call Center Industry," and "Mapping Our Racial Disparities in Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: A National Analysis of Whites, Latinos and African Americans."

Deadline for applications is Monday, November 13. To view the complete guidelines, go to

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Jay Semel, 319-335-4034; Writer: Jennifer New