Newsworthy Issue #4 - August 26, 2019

FY20 4C Pilot Funding Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Center for Communication, Culture, and Change (4C) invites proposals for its Pilot Funding program. The Center seeks to fund research projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Represent a significant collaboration across disciplines.
  • Aim to create positive social or behavioral change.
  • Focus on populations within Miami, the Caribbean, Central America, and/or South America.
  • Have a strong evaluation component.
  • Can lead to viable external funding applications.

Visit 4C Funding Application for complete information on eligibility, application requirements and evaluation criteria. Visit 4C Pilot Projects to learn about previously funded work.

The funding period for the Fall awards begins October 2019 (upon receipt of the letter of award) and ends on May 31, 2020.

Deadline for application: Friday, September 27, 2019 by 5pm.

The next 4C Pilot Funding RFP will be in April, 2020. The funding period for the Spring awards will begin on June 1, 2020 and end on May 31, 2021.

Kind reminder: The January deadline for 4C Pilot Funding has been eliminated.

Fall 2019 SoC Micro-Grants

The SoC Faculty Micro-Grants are back! Apply now for Fall 2019 funding. Faculty at the Associate rank and above are eligible.

Deadline for application: Rolling

2020 Provost's Research Awards (PRAs)

The Provost's Research Awards held a Q&A session on 8/21/19. For more information on what was discussed go to the PRA Powerpoint.

PRAs Expected deadlines for application:

September 23, 2019 (School-level Deadline)

December 6, 2019 (University-level Deadline)

Visit Provost's Research Awards for a complete list of the 2019 award recipients.

NEW! On-Site Writing/Creating Group at 4C

Mondays 1-6pm (Starting on 9/9/19)

Wolfson 1021

Open to all faculty as well as doctoral and MFA students

  • Come together to work individually on research and creative projects.
  • Set aside time to focus without distraction.
  • Feel a sense of intellectual companionship and camaraderie.

Members of Journalism and Inter-Active Media faculty have created an on-site “writing/creating” group to meet at the 4C every Monday from 1-6 pm.

On-site writing (and creating) groups harness the energy and accountability of the group, while limiting commitments to activities beyond writing or creative work. Come in anytime and write/create for as long as your schedule permits. The only rule is that there will be no talking in the conference room. The common area will be open for strategizing, mutual support and sharing conversation over good coffee or tea.

This Inside Higher Ed article describes different forms of groups. The nature of this group can evolve to fit the needs of those who participate. The group will start Monday, Sept. 9, at 1 pm.

If you have feedback or a question you can email Sallie (shughes@miami.edu), but otherwise we just hope to see you there!

-Alberto, Barbara, Jyotika, Sallie and Yolanda


Congratulations to the following faculty and PhD students for their achievements in scholarly research and/or creative activity:

  • Michelle Seelig, Sunny Tsai and Weiting Tao are the recipients of a 2019/20 Waterhouse Family Institute Research Grant for their 4C Pilot previously funded project, "Combat Climate Change: Empowering Generation Z for Climate Change Activism through Viral Videos."
  • Knight Chair in Interactive Media, Lindsay Grace, is the recipient of the 2019 Games for Change Festival Vanguard Award.
  • "SwampScapes", co-produced by Kim Grinfeder and Fall 2018 Visiting Knight Chair Liz Miller, is a finalist at the 2019 Online Journalism Awards by the Online News Association, alongside work produced by the Washington Post and New York Times.
  • "Singular", shot by Ed Talavera, is the winner of the Best Documentary Film Award at the 2019 Haiti International Film Festival, Hollywood, CA and is an official selection of the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA.
  • "Designed by", produced and directed by Konstantia Kontaxis, was a finalist in the VR competition at the 2019 Fine Arts Film Festival, in Venice, CA.
  • PhD Candidate Di Lun, is the recipient of an inaugural pre-doctoral fellowship with the University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge, U-Link.

4C Upcoming Events

4C Fall Gathering and Info Session

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 3-5pm, Wolfson 1021

Fall Junior Faculty Luncheon

Wednesday, October 16, 12:00-1:30pm, Wolfson 1021

Fall Associate Faculty Luncheon

Wednesday, October 23, 12:00-1:30pm, Wolfson 1021


Submitting an application for external funding?

All SoC external funding applications have to be submitted to the Office of Research Administration (ORA) by the 4C Senior Administrative Assistant, Greta West.

When possible submit your application at a minimum 3-weeks (15 working days) prior to the application deadline in order for our office to meet the ORA deadlines. A 4-week lead time would be appreciated in order to allow for us to process on time.

Our office will collect all necessary signatures and submit to ORA.

Please make sure you provide the following documents:

  • Complete/Final Application
  • Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • Funding Announcement
  • Guidelines of Award

F&A Waiver Requests must be submitted to ORA at least 15-days prior to the deadline.

Make sure you are up-to-date with your Disclosures (DPS) and Conflict of Interest (COI) training. Links to these services can be found on our website under Research Resources, Post Award.

Use the SoC developed, ORA Grant Submission Generator for more info regarding ORA submission lead time and routing steps.

Need methodological support for your extramural grant proposal?

Get an initial consultation on your grant proposal followed by assignment of the appropriate research methodologist to work closely with you on methodology, including research design, power analysis, data collection, and data analysis. Review and revision of the entire grant proposal will proceed until the PI is ready for grant submission.

Contact: Dr. Soyeon Ahn, Chair, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, School of Education & Human Development, at s.ahn@miami.edu

Looking for additional Research Tools?

Visit our SoC Research Resources web page.

Newsworthy is a publication of the University of Miami, School of Communication, Center for Communication, Culture, and Change. For questions, omissions or corrections? E-mail: kkontaxis@miami.edu


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