UT Pop-Up Institutes

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Pop-Up Institutes are a Vice President for Research initiative that supports interdisciplinary teams of UT Austin researchers. Each team spends the academic year preparing for a burst of activity focused on a specific area of research. Their Institute then ‘pops up’ for one summer month, providing dedicated resources, time and space for researchers across campus to combine their unique perspectives and distinct skill sets in pursuit of a common goal.

Information Session and Panel Discussion: 1/30/19

We hosted an information session to discuss, along with Pop-Up Institute leaders, the upcoming 2020 Pop-Up Institutes competition.

View slides and notes from the event.

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2020 Pop-Up Institutes Call for Proposals

"Pop-Up Institutes Tackle Big Research Questions – Quickly.  Like temporary art installations and restaurants, pop-up research institutes are gutsy, nimble, and open to the public. (But be fast. They’ll be gone in a month.)"

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2019 (week after Spring Break)
Online Submission Portal:  UT Pop-Up Institutes
Download the Full RFP

The Office of the Vice President for Research seeks proposals for “Pop-Up Institutes” to operate on the UT Austin campus during the early summer of 2020. Pop-Up Institutes provide funding to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers to rally around a shared research goal on a timescale that’s longer than a workshop or conference, but shorter than the establishment of a permanent organized research structure.

Funded Pop-Up teams will spend the 2019-2020 academic year preparing for a burst of activity focused on a specific area of research. Their Institute will then ‘pop up’ for one month in early summer 2020, providing dedicated resources, time and space for researchers across campus to combine their unique perspectives and distinct skill sets in pursuit of a common goal. Each Pop-Up is expected to produce a research product based on its in-depth preparation for a larger future research initiative.

Proposal Content:

  1. Proposal Cover Page
  2. Non-technical Abstract
  3. Scholarly Justification (Main Proposal Text)
  4. References (optional)
  5. Letters of Financial Support from participating Colleges/Schools/Units (optional)
  6. Letters of Time Commitment (may be in email format)
  7. Budget Spreadsheet (must use Pop-Up Institute Excel template):
  8. Budget Justification

Timeline:

DateActivity
March 25, 2019Pop-Up Institute Proposal deadline. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and ranked by a group of senior researchers.
Early April 2019The VPR office will invite the top-ranked proposals’ Institute Leaders to meet in person to elaborate on or answer any questions about their plans.
Mid-April 2019Final selection of 2020 Pop-Up Institutes will be announced.
October 20192020 Pop-Up Institute dates, room reservations and outside participant invitations need to be finalized.
May-August 2020Pop-Up Institutes ‘pop-up’ for their one-month burst of activity
October 2020Pop-Up Institute reports are due to the VP for Research.

Questions?

Contact the VP for Research Office: vp-research-sr@austin.utexas.edu.

Commonly asked questions and answers are posted on the Pop-Up Institutes FAQ page.

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In the News

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Pop-Up Institutes FAQ

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