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Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund Grants

The Council on University Community is accepting proposals for the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund through Tuesday, March 17.

The fund supports initiatives that promote the daily value of diversity in the intellectual life of the campus. Faculty, staff or students are eligible to apply for awards of up to $5,000.

Potential uses for the fund include presentations, workshops, trainings, cultural programs, exhibitions, films or speakers that address issues of diversity; research on issues of diversity; programs to integrate diversity into the classroom or that increase diversity in the academic pipeline; or projects that increase diversity through linkages with the Charlotte community.

Big Data Research Partnership Funded

UNC Charlotte has received a $2.1 million grant from the UNC General Administration to support research in data science and business analytics (Big Data). The funding, to be distributed across three years, is part of a continuing $3 million appropriation from the General Assembly in 2014 to support areas of "game-changing research" identified in the Board of Governor's strategic plan for the University system.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, director of the University’s Complex Systems Institute and professor of software and information systems in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the lead investigator for the project "North Carolina Data Science and Analytics Initiative." In conjunction with N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute, Hadzikadic and fellow investigators will develop strategic research hubs of excellence that will position North Carolina as the national leader in fundamental and applied research in data science.

UNC General Administration awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves faculty partners from two or more UNC campuses. More information on the series of grants is online.