To stimulate continued innovation and outstanding research on this campus, the Critical Research Initiatives program has been established in the amount of $1 million. The purpose of the program - founded last year - is to facilitate formation of collaborations and exploration of innovative ideas that will open new directions for research, enhance the intellectual environment of the campus, and/or lead to long-term support from external sources. Examples of appropriate candidates for support would include novel interdisciplinary research approaches and emergent programs, although funds would not be restricted to such projects. Support for planning efforts and also for implementation of novel research activities may be requested. This year, competition for the funds will begin in the fall semester. The process has been further modified to reduce the amount of effort required of applicants. The first deadline will be Nov. 30 for a three-page preproposal letter describing the concept of the full proposal or planning grant. Selection of preproposals for submission of full proposals will be announced by Dec. 16. Full proposals are due Feb. 1. Awards will be announced in March, and all funded proposals will start July 1. Preproposals and full proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the vice chancellor for research. Guidelines have been sent to all academic units. More information is available from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at 333-5158.