Centers & Institutes

Our policy of chartering and re-chartering scholarly centers and institutes facilitates the strengthening of research and scholarly activity capabilities throughout the university. Becoming a chartered center or institute reflects a university seal of approval and results in the inclusion in listings of scholarly units. Further, chartered centers/institutes are eligible to apply for intramural funding from the Centers and Institutes Facilitating Fund.

Definitions of Centers and Institutes
A center is a scholarly unit that typically has a single focus or mission and typically is located within a single department, although its faculty may draw at times on the expertise of faculty in other disciplines to support their work. The center typically reports to the dean of that school.

An institute is typically multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature and involves faculty from different schools or, at least, representatives of different departments and disciplines within a single school. Multidisciplinary enterprises typically involve multiple schools, whereas interdisciplinary enterprises that truly integrate different disciplines may not always do so.

Application Process
Faculty seeking to establish a new organized scholarly unit should submit the application form to the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Advisory Council for Research (ACR) meets throughout the academic year to review charter and re-charter applications. More information on ACR meeting dates and deadline information is below:

  In order for an application to be reviewed for this ACR meeting: We must have the application in by:
  Wednesday, December 2, 2015; 2:00pm - 3:30pm Friday, November 20, 2015
  Wednesday, January 27, 2016; 2:00pm - 3:30pm Thursday, January 14, 2016
  Thursday, March 3, 2016; 2:00pm - 3:30pm Thursday, February 18 2016
  Thursday, April 28, 2016; 2:00pm - 3:30pm Thursday, April 14, 2016

**Meetings may be postponed if fewer than three applications are received by the due date.**

 Application for Chartering or Re-Chartering
     Membership Confirmation
     Budget Template
Annual Report for all Centers & Institutes for FY15
Progress Report for all CIFF Recipients

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