Research Clusters

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Thematic Clusters in Science & Technology Studies

In the spring of 2014, the Holtz Center initiated a new program to fund thematic clusters to advance research, teaching, and outreach on interdisciplinary topics within science and technology studies, and invited proposals from faculty and staff on the UW-Madison campus.  The goal of these grants is to forge new intellectual directions and thematic research clusters within STS, enhance and expand participation in the STS community at UW-Madison, and to build connections across disciplines.

Calls for thematic cluster proposals will be issued each spring, and selected groups will receive two years of funding at up to $15,000/year, which can be used to fund any activities that fall under the purview of the Holtz Center, such as faculty workshops or conferences, programs for graduate students, support for creating new or revised courses,  outreach activities, or lecture series. The goal is to fund proposals that build community and strengthen intellectual connections across campus in a sustainable way.

The 2017-19 Thematic Cluster competition is open.  See the current call below:…chnology-studies/

Thematic Cluster Grant Winners


Disclosing and Enclosing Knowledge: the Paradoxes of Information Flow in Knowledge Communities” Linda Hogle, Pilar Ossario, Nicole Nelson and Kris Saha


Microbiomes in Human Health, Agriculture and the Environment: Integrating Biological Sciences and Social Sciences in Research and Education” William Hickey, Jean-Michel Ané, Dominique Brossard, Pamela Herd


Mapping Hot Spots: ‘One Health’ and the History of Infectious Disease Research” Tony Goldberg, Neil Kodesh, Josh Garoon

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