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2011-2012 Pacific Rim Research Program: UCLA Campus Information Session

Information session concerning the 2011-2012 Pacific Rim Research Program.

Monday, October 18, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Pacific Rim Research Program promotes the study of the Pacific Rim as a distinctive region. For the purposes of this Program, the term "Pacific Rim" encompasses all areas and nations that border the Pacific Ocean, including Southeast Asia and East Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Pacific islands, and Pacific Latin America. The states and nations bordering the Pacific Ocean are densely linked by patterns of historical contact, geology, trade, investment, international agreements and conflicts, migration, environmental and disease vectors, and the incessant flow of ideas and cultural practices.

The Program places priority on research that is new, specific to the region, and collaborative-reaching across national boundaries and bridging academic disciplines. Proposals may come from any discipline in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, public health, or some combination thereof. Research may focus on humans in relationship to the built or natural environment, transcultural and historical constructions of the human, human-nonhuman interactions, cultural geography, transnational migrations, economic expansion, regional agricultural development, environmental health and human disease, or other themes. Proposals should address questions that contribute to an understanding of the Pacific Rim region as a whole.

UCLA Campus Deadline: December 10, 2010

Initial applications must be submitted online to the UCLA Asia Institute online application form at by the December 10 deadline for campus review. Initial applications will not be accepted via the PRRP online application form.

Call for Proposals and Application Guidelines may be downloaded from

Grant Categories

This is a new thematically focused grant in the range of $30-50,000, which may be expended over a multi-year period. For the 2010-11 grant competition, the PRRP invites Faculty Initiative Grant applications on the topic "Responses to Crisis in the Pacific Rim." The historical formation of the Pacific Rim region, and its rapid economic growth and dramatic rise over the past century, have not been peaceful. Political, social, and economic crises have occurred with some regularity in the region. More battle-related deaths have occurred in East Asia than in any other region since World War II. An arc of territory from southern Mexico through Bolivia has rarely known social stability in the past thirty years. Throughout the region, inter-state tensions are exacerbated by domestic social divisions and formidable social, health, and environmental problems. Today, the region is facing a new challenge in the global financial crisis emanating, ironically, from the developed core of the world financial system in the U.S. The Initiative Grants will fund research that explores the impact of crisis on the Pacific region, historically and in the contemporary moment. Proposals may address the social, economic, and political roots of past or present crises, their cultural ramifications, and their multiple effects. Crisis, which can have a long historical dimension, may take the form of a catalytic event that sets in motion or accelerates a sequence of political and economic events. Crisis causes a sudden change in external conditions that requires individuals, businesses and governments to
quickly change behaviors and strategies. Social crisis may cause a breakdown of the controls that limit movement of population, regulate public health, and protect the environment and economy. States may intensify their technologies of control in order to clean up after a crisis, or avert the perceived danger of a crisis. Crisis may give rise to new cultural practices and modes of expression in literature, the arts, religion, and popular politics.

All Initiative Grant proposals must involve collaboration of scholars from more than one Pacific Rim nation or territory, and may include support of graduate students. Interdisciplinary collaborations and multi-campus participation will enhance the prospects for funding.

Research Grants fund collaborative projects of varying sizes, up to a maximum of $25,000. Projects must involve collaborative research, or research planning and pilot research, with colleagues in at least one Pacific Rim nation or territory, and may include support of graduate students.

Advanced Graduate Research Fellowships support graduate students for a year of dissertation research or its equivalent.
Students may apply for a maximum of $20,000 in funding for a year of research.


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