Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary social science incubator, invites proposals from faculty, students, and researchers for Matrix Research Teams for the 2020-2021 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question of significance in the social sciences, but which may also intersect meaningfully with disciplines in the humanities and sciences more broadly. Successful research teams integrate participants from several disciplines and diverse ranks (i.e. faculty and graduate students), address a compelling research question with real-world significance, and deploy or develop appropriate methodologies in creative, innovative ways. Research Teams are expected to be active at Matrix and to use their funding to support their meetings and research activities. Matrix supports two different kinds of Research Teams:
- Project Teams receive funding in the amount of $5000. They run for two semesters, meeting at least once a month around a defined research problem. Project teams work toward producing particular outputs, such as proposals for external funding, workshops, or a joint publication.
- Prospecting Teams receive funding in the amount of $1500. They run for a single semester, typically meeting 5-6 times, and explore a new area or question of inquiry and assess whether it has potential for further investigation.
Matrix Research Teams are intended to support Social Science Matrix’s goals of advancing transdisciplinary research and building community across campus. Please note that Matrix funding is not intended to be used to underwrite one-time events, like conferences and symposia, or curriculum development. Grants are also not intended to be used for research already underway by an existing group that has no intention to grow or expand beyond its current constituency.
In addition to funding, all Matrix Research Teams receive administrative support in coordinating, scheduling, and reserving space in our offices on the top floor of Barrows Hall. Matrix provides communications support to help publicize each group’s work and Research Teams receive assistance administering funding as well as identifying and applying for further funding. All research teams are expected to submit a report at the conclusion of their term. For more information—including overviews of past examples of Matrix Research Teams—see http://matrix.berkeley.edu/initiatives/matrix-seminars.
Please contact Jessica Stewart, Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
How to Apply
All UC Berkeley faculty, students, and researchers are eligible for funding for a 2020-2021 Matrix Research Team.