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Research Groups

Taft Research Groups provide seed monies for up to three years. Groups must demonstrate a potential for leveraging external funding, among other possibilities, and/or working toward a final product, such as an edited volume. Groups are asked to find ways to disseminate research to broader audiences, for example, via op-eds or social media platforms, and to consider other activities that promote dialogue within and/or beyond the proposed research group and the Taft research community.

TAFT Research Groups Request for Proposals 2022 - 2025

We request proposals from new groups of faculty dedicated to a group theme, as a way to open the competition to new groups/themes and revitalize the research group program.

Successful proposals will receive $3,000 in the first year and will be renewable for up to three years. They must:

  • Be interdisciplinary;
  • Be collaborative;
  • Demonstrate potential public impact (e.g., addressing publics in and beyond UC, potential for leveraging external funding, among other possibilities);
  • Include a budget and timeline of possible activities;
  • Work toward a final product (e.g., edited volume; research result dissemination into public discourse via, for example, op-eds, social media platforms; other activities that promote dialogue within and/or beyond the proposed research group);
  • Commit to:
    • Including participants from at least three departments, at least two of which must be from Taft departments;
    • Holding regular, open meetings at Taft Research Center at least once per semester;
    • Providing an annual report summarizing group activities by end of May 2023.
  • To qualify for renewal, Research Groups much provide evidence of advancing the group’s research goals

The goal of these groups is to go beyond what is supported by other Taft award categories (e.g., groups cannot only organize lectures). Additionally, these research groups are not intended to be funding bodies but rather interdisciplinary research groups that work together collaboratively to decide upon group activities. The Taft Research Group review committee will prioritize groups that propose deliverables.

The review process will be overseen by an ad hoc Taft Review Committee. Applications are Due Friday, Nov. 8, 5pm ET.

Please direct any questions or applications to



Current Research Groups

2021 Research Group
Building Resilient Communities (with Communities)


Past Research Groups

Former Research Groups
Identities and Representations of Human Mobilities
UC Center for Public Engagement with Science
Creative Writing &Translation: Fostering Multilingual Collaborations
Algorithms, Simulations, Platforms
Transnational Cultural Studies
Health Humanities
Social Justice