Interdisciplinary Action Groups

CRASE is dedicated to research, scholarship, and artistic efforts that directly investigate and address the many pressing social, cultural, economic and environmental issues currently emerging with the rapid proliferation of new technologies, social media, global crises, political upheavals, and climate change. 


CRASE Interdisciplinary Action Groups Grant Program


Previous Awardees:

The Pandemic As Portal: What Does Our Post-COVID Future Hold?

2 Grants awarded 2021-2022:


Research Study: USF-ALAS Migrant Youth Summer: Education, Arts, and Sports for Justice   

Action Group Grant Team: Rosa Jimenez, Jane Bleasdale, Enrique Luis Bazan, and Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga


Research Study: Impact to Asian American community in post-COVID era

"Affective Engagement in #StopAAPIHate on Social Media: The Role of Emotion in Driving Engagement for Counter-hate Content on Twitter"

Action Group Grant Team: Zifei Fay Chen, June Y. Lee, Shan Wang, and Diane Woodbridge 


Examples of grant awards can be found here:



Two to three grant awards of up to $3,000 will be awarded [date to be determined]. Awards may be used to purchase tangible goods related to grant activities. While funds can be used for stipends and honoraria, they can only be paid to full-time faculty and may be taxed. Funds cannot be disbursed to students and non-full-time faculty at USF. Awards must be spent as indicated by the award letter otherwise the unspent portion will be returned to CRASE.



Submit a 500-700 word proposal addressing the following:

  • Urgent issue: Succinctly describe the problem your topic seeks to address as it relates to the theme, Post-COVID Futures.
  • Plans: Provide a detailed description of your project.
  • Timeline: Describe how your team will address this topic over the course of a semester.
  • Outcomes: What are your proposed outcomes (i.e. policy brief, book proposal, community presentation, etc.)?
  • Team: Describe group members, noting individual contributions to your topic, departments, and schools/colleges/library they represent. Provide brief bios of each member and why their perspectives are important.
  • Budget: What is your budget and how do you propose to spend the funds? Previous proposals have included honoraria for guest speakers, food for an event, art supplies, and faculty stipends.

Criteria For Award

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Interdisciplinary nature of the team
  • Significance of the topic
  • Clarity in articulation of the project and its connection to the theme Post-COVID Futures
  • Feasibility of the project to impact local, regional, and/or national communities
  • Meaningfulness of the proposed outcomes
  • Appropriateness of the budget


Proposals will be reviewed by a team of faculty from across the university. Announcements will be made during the spring semester. Winning teams are expected to submit a blog post (500-800 words) to be published on the CRASE blog. Faculty teams are also featured in the CRASE Academic Faculty Circles.



We strongly encourage emailing us your ideas, intent to apply, and potential dates, so that we may provide provisional feedback prior to submitting your final proposal. We can also assist in forming interdisciplinary groups.

As a Jesuit institution, USF is committed to founded on academic rigor and scholarship stemming from reflection and discernment on social, artistic, and environmental justice-related issues with the goal of developing a deeper, interreligious understandings, and service to others, especially poor and marginalized communities. The mission’s parameters are broad and inclusive and we encourage scholars to expand their understanding of how their work “encourages critical, analytical, and creative approaches to solving problems.”