Rice University’s Conference and Workshop Development Fund fosters the development of conferences and workshops that enhance the reputation and quality of scholarship across the University.
Faculty are encouraged to engage the various University institutes such as the Baker Institute, the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, the Ken Kennedy Institute, the Humanities Research Center, the Kinder Institute, Rice Space Institute, and the Smalley-Curl Institute, where appropriate.
Proposals that engage broadly across campus and that can include many constituencies such as graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged. There is an expectation for events to be inclusive with participants from diverse backgrounds.
Awards are funded up to a maximum of $50,000 for an international conference and $10,000 for a more-focused disciplinary workshop.
No Conference and Workshop Development funds may be used for salary, purchase of research equipment, or reducing teaching responsibilities. Proposals with other additional funding sources may be viewed favorably. To support new conference topics, awards for repeat conference requests may receive reduced funding. There is an expectation that events are to be held at Rice University in most cases to further our reputation as a center for scholarly discussion.
Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.
The review of proposals will be carried out by the Vice Provost of Research. Under special circumstances, proposals can be submitted off-cycle for emerging topics.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Proposals must be submitted using this webform by February 1, 2020. Proposals must include the following documents in PDF format: