The University of Arizona

UA Grants Seek to Bolster Ties With the Americas

By Rebecca Ruiz-McGill, University Communications | April 5, 2012

UA faculty members, colleges and departments are invited to submit proposals to advance the University’s leadership role in collaborations with the Americas. Proposals are due April 16 by noon.

UA faculty members are encouraged to apply by April 16 at noon for grants to aid in outreach efforts and collaboration in the Americas. This image is of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City provided by the Center for Latin American Studies.
UA faculty members are encouraged to apply by April 16 at noon for grants to aid in outreach efforts and collaboration in the Americas. This image is of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City provided by the Center for Latin American Studies.

In an effort to further foster collaborations in the Americas, three University of Arizona offices have joined together to provide small grants to host visiting scholars, develop student exchange programs and promote research opportunities, among other initiatives. 

The UA Office of Western Hemispheric Programs, in conjunction with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Office of the for Regional Development, Outreach and Global Initiatives are seeking proposals from UA faculty members and academic departments that look to foster teaching and research collaborations with partner institutions in the Americas.

The group will award approximately 25-30 small grants over the next four years, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per award. The proposals are due on April 16 by noon and represent the second year the grants have been available.

Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Organizing conferences
  • Hosting visiting scholars or students from the Americas at the UA
  • Supporting the participation of faculty members and students in activities in the Americas
  • Development of curriculum materials with emphasis in the Americas
  • Development of faculty/students exchange programs and/or summer programs 

Last year, the grants were awarded to a variety of UA departments including physics, music and civil engineering and engineering mechanics.

Professor Achintya Haldar, an expert in reliability based structural engineering in the UA department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, was awarded a grant for academic collaboration including research, teaching, student exchange and the development of a doctoral program with the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa.

Professor Daniel Asia in the UA School of Music was awarded a grant to invite 12 composers from The Universidad Maimónides, Buenos Aires, Argentina in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts' Institute for Arts of the Americas initiative.

Assistant professor Celeste González de Bustamante in the UA School of Journalism was awarded a grant to develop teaching and research partnerships directed at freedom of expression with the Universidad Iberoamericana and Instituto Technológico Autónoma de México in México City.

"We are seeking creative ideas for partnerships, which will foster greater faculty and student mobility, joint research and building curricular materials with emphasis in the Americas to further strengthen the UA's role as a leader in the U.S. in connecting with Latin America," said Francisco Marmolejo assistant vice president of the UA Office of Western Hemispheric Programs. The program is dedicated to the identification of collaborative opportunities with Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

Preference will be given for collaborations with institutions that already are established with the UA although this doesn't prevent proposals with other institutions from being considered.