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November 16, 2010

Engaging-U: November 16, 2010

Grant Opportunity

2011-2012 Engaged Department Grant Program

The Office for Public Engagement is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012
Engaged Department Grant Program.

The Engaged Department Grant Program aligns with the University's strategic
plan for the 21st century to advance the institutionalization of public
engagement at the University of Minnesota. It aims to support the work of
departments/academic units that seek to develop and strengthen
research-focusedĀ­ and/or teaching-focused community engagement initiatives.

This program is designed to foster the development of "engaged departments"

- utilize public engagement as a strategy to achieve key academic goals
for students and faculty;
- encourage and support high quality community-based research and engaged
scholarship among faculty and/or students;
- incorporate public engagement into academic coursework to enhance
student learning and development; and/or
- support collaborative research and teaching activities between members
of the department and members of the community.

This grant program builds on the foundation of individual engagement
projects and programs (including projects funded in previous years through
the Office for Public Engagement's Seed Grant program), and focuses on
supporting strategic action steps that further the institutionalization of
public engagement within broader departmental programs. Priority will be
given to proposals that align with other university initiatives (e.g.,
freshmen seminars, liberal education requirements, graduate education,
international education initiatives, cross-cultural and diversity issues,
and/or urban engagement).

Grants of up to $7500 will be awarded to 6-8 department teams to plan,
establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that advance the
integration of public engagement into their departments' research and
teaching activities. The grant is open to all departments across the
University of Minnesota system. For the purposes of this grant initiative,
a "department" is not limited to a discipline-specific program. Organized
academic programs that include multiple departments or areas of study are
also eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to proposals received by 5:00 PM, Friday, December
10, 2010.

To download an application, please visit

For more information, please contact Michelle Kuhl at 612-624-1562 or