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About Focal Point


The Graduate College invites proposals from faculty and graduate students for 2014-2015 Focal Point projects.

Focal Point seeks to stimulate the formation of new intellectual communities and interdisciplinary research activities among faculty and graduate students.

The 2014 Focal Point RFP solicits proposals from a broad range of topics.  We especially encourage new proposals for:

  • collaborative research communities addressing issues of domestic under-represented minorities in graduate education, aligning with the campus’s diversity initiatives, such as Illinois EDGE (Enhancing Diversity, Guiding Excellence).  Such projects may also propose collaborations with domestic institutions to strengthen diversity in graduate education.
  • project teams who collaborate with international institutions or NGOs to establish new partnerships for graduate education in the pursuit of innovative topics with international/global impact.

We welcome Phase II proposals that build upon successful projects and provide new directions and opportunities for graduate students.

This year, the Graduate College is pleased to announce a new option for Focal Point proposals: Focal Point Breakthrough grants for potentially transformative projects.


Online Submission

The deadline for 2014-15 Focal Point projects was March 21, 2014.



If you have questions about Focal Point, please contact Lori Mikos at lmikos@illinois.edu or 333-6715.