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Fostering Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) is now in its second year. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will offer up to three 25,000 grants.

FIRE aims to encourage radically interdisciplinary innovation that transcends the boundaries of conventional partnerships, integrating the strengths of varying perspectives and methodologies and fostering a collaborative and creative research infrastructure at UNC. Two 2015 grants were awarded: One went to Susan Coppola (Occupational Therapy), IAH Fellow Jordynn Jack (English and Comparative Literature), IAH Fellow Michele Rivkin-Fish (Anthropology), IAH Fellow Jane Thrailkill (English and Comparative Literature), and Laura Anne Young (Medicine). More on that project here (under subhead “Writing Diabetes” Project Receives FIRE Grant). The other grant was awarded to Misha Becker (Linguistics) and Kristen Lindquist (Psychology) for their project “Development of Verbal and Perceptual Correlates of Human Emotions.” For proposal guidelines click here. Deadline is Feb. 16, 2016.

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