2023-24 Communities of Research Scholars (CoRS) 

Call for Proposals


The University of Memphis Division of Research & Innovation is pleased to announce the 2023-24 Communities of Research Scholars (CoRS) Program.

Established in the fall of 2018, CoRS was created to cultivate interdisciplinary discourse and nurture the growth of collaborative research across the UofM. Each community is comprised of faculty representing multiple disciplines, academic units, perspectives, and research approaches with a shared interest in exploring a common research theme/topic.

The 2023-24 CoRS will continue to cultivate interdisciplinary discourse and nurture research growth. Divisional staff will also help successful faculty identify opportunities for external support for their work. Successful applications will include:

  • An interdisciplinary team of faculty
  • A short budget narrative
  • A thematic area of inquiry that your group would like to explore
  • Potential external funding opportunities, if any to your knowledge

Previously funded CoRS, as well as new applicants, are eligible.


Funding Description:

The program will fund awards at $2,500 (for first-time awardees) and $5,000 (for second-time awardees). Groups applying for a second award should present evidence of having applied for external funding as the result of the initial CoRS funding. Projects should be completed by August 31, 2024


Proposal Content:

  • Title Page (1 page) including:
    • Project Name
    • Name of convener (lead PI) and research team members (including titles and clearly defined roles and responsibilities)
  • Project Description including:
    • Project narrative listing specific goals and objectives (no more than two pages)
    • Budget narrative (half page)
    • Timeline and milestones (no more than one page)
    • Description of additional funding opportunities (existing funding or potential for external research grants), if any (one page)


Kick-Off Networking Event: Join us Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2-3 p.m. at the UMRF Research Park (460 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111) for a networking session and Lightning Research Talks.


Reporting Requirements:

Winning projects will be required to submit midterm and final reports. The midterm report should reflect budget updates or anything programmatic the timeline and milestones in the initial proposal. The final report should summarize the entire project and discuss potential submission of applications for external funding.


Deadline for Submission: Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
For questions about the submission process, email Dustie Flowers at researchdev@memphis.edu. The full project description and application can be found at https://memphis.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1914564