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Grant Opportunities <Collaborative Spaces> announces call for proposals

A new program that provides collaborative space, equipment and funding for student-initiated research has announced its first call for proposals. Grant Opportunities <Collaborative Spaces> (GROCS) will support student teams that employ rich media in collaborative academic projects.

Selected teams will receive an unrestricted cash grant of $2,500 per team member, work space in the Duderstadt Center and a budget for special equipment.

Grant recipients will complete their projects during Winter Term. Because one goal of the program is to foster freeform collaboration among peers, teams will share their work with other GROCS teams and with the campus community throughout the term.

The program is an experimental project of the Digital Media Commons (DMC) in the Duderstadt Center. Created in 2002 by the Office of the Provost, DMC is a dynamic collection of spaces and programs that assists students and faculty members who are integrating rich media and traditional media in collaborative teaching, learning and research.

The GROCS program defines "rich media" as "any digital media that includes a time-based component," such as audio, video, animation, virtual reality constructions or other data visualized over time. GROCS projects will explore ways that rich media might be integrated in the academic environment, where the limitations of current infrastructures and practices don't exist.

The GROCS program is rare among campus grant opportunities in that it relies on students to imagine the projects, gather the team members, solicit a faculty adviser and arrange with that adviser for course credit (if desired). Teams may include two to four students, and must involve one faculty member or graduate student assistant.

Project proposals may be submitted online anytime on or before Nov. 15, and recipients will be announced Nov. 29. Proposal forms and details about the program, including selection criteria, are available at

From 4-6 p.m. on Fridays, GROCS staff will hold Friday Afternoon Tea where students and faculty members may learn more about the project, meet others interested in participating or seek assistance in writing a proposal. Tea and snacks will be served in Design Lab One, where the GROCS program will be housed.

For more information, contact Linda Kendall Knox, managing producer of GROCS, at
(734) 764-1434 or

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