Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Encourage and support more advanced research in the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities that depend on – and contribute to - the international investigation of important questions and problems

Action Taken

  • Developed a document outlining policy on international programs and on facilitating international collaboration
  • Implemented ongoing process to support proposals for international collaborations and to address obstacles
  • Enhanced international collaborations such as library’s capacity to host visiting scholars
  • Awarded $100,000 in seed grants in fall 2008 for faculty undertaking international research and teaching collaborations
  • Disbursed grants from fund to provide travel stipends for faculty and graduate students to attend international conferences and present original research
  • Disbursed grants under new Graduate Colloquia initiative for graduate students to invite scholars to campus to catalyze discussion on international perspectives
  • Assessed resources to identify and develop cross-regional themes for global-based study (e.g., public health, geographic information systems (GIS)/data center, environmental studies, entrepreneurship, slavery and justice, Francophone Caribbean, etc.)
  • Disbursed seed grants to faculty of up to $5,000 per project for new initiatives in international research and teaching collaborations
  • Joined with UNESCO, the Library of Congress, and 30 other partner institutions to launch the World Digital Library, a Web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives around the world
  • Launched, with combined support from the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and the Directors of the Center for Environmental Studies and the Environmental Change Initiative, a targeted seed grant of up to $50,000 for an outstanding project in the field of international environmental research
  • Launched, with combined support from the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research and the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, a targeted seed grant of up to $50,000 for an outstanding project in the field of international global health research
  • Established the Office of International Research Administration in OVPR to assist faculty with issues regarding export control in research
  • Assisted American Studies department in re-orienting master’s program to attract international students
  • Launched Brown Global Forums with 12 key partner institutions (in Brazil, China, France, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey – India to follow).  This initiative will promote short-term faculty exchanges of leading scholars and scientists and foster new research collaborations
  • Launched the Brown-India Research Initiative launched to focus on contemporary issues of urbanization, the environment, and governance
  • Expanded program to encompass the field of global humanities research
  • Funded multidisciplinary faculty working groups carrying out research in the areas of Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Action Needed

  • Review proposals for possible new international collaborations and address obstacles as they emerge.
  • Continue to disburse seed grants for international research and teaching collaboration
  • Continue to disburse travel stipends for faculty and graduate students to attend international conferences
  • Continue to disburse graduate colloquia grants to enable new symposia, workshops, and conferences that bring international perspectives to Brown
  • Continue to work proactively to develop new initiatives with key international partners
  • Continue to refine policy on the creation of new collaborations in order to ensure an open but thorough process of review for all new proposals
  • Continue to initiate new calls for targeted and seed grants, when relevant, in response to institutional priorities
  • Continue to expend funding for ad hoc seed grants to faculty working on topics of international relevance

Responsible

  • Dean of the College
  • Dean of the Graduate School
  • Vice President for International Affairs
  • Vice President for Research

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