University of Vermont

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

Faculty Activity Network (FAN)

We will be accepting applications again in Fall 2017.

In order to encourage UVM faculty members to learn about each other's work and to work collaboratively, we are pleased to announce the second year of the Faculty Activity Network (FAN) initiative.

This program is designed to encourage and foster faculty members (ideally between three and eight individuals at a time) to tour each other's laboratories or research spaces, studios, design/creative spaces, or wherever their research, scholarship, or creative work is done. After the tour and discussion, participants are expected to have lunch at Waterman Manor (hosted by Vice President for Research Richard Galbraith) to talk about their experiences that day and any possible collaborations, projects, or proposals that might come out of their time spent together.

Teams of faculty members that participate in a FAN gathering will be eligible to apply for up to $1,000 (per team) in funds for proposal or pre-proposal development, or small collaborative projects that might further interactive research, scholarship, or creative works.

How to Apply

If you are a faculty member and would like to apply to host a FAN gathering, please send a 1-2 paragraph email to explaining:

  • why you would like to be a host;
  • why your work would be of general interest to other faculty members who have no expertise in your field;
  • the particular dates that would work well for you; and
  • the number of guests you can accommodate.

We will collect and organize dates and opportunities, then make them available to other faculty for review and sign up. In all cases, the gathering should be approximately from 10am to noon, followed by lunch at Waterman Manor (approved dates subject to Manor availability).

Please note: Interested guests should reply directly to the FAN host to sign up for the gathering, and hosts are also encouraged to directly invite guests where appropriate. Previous FAN hosts are eligible to apply again, but preference will be given to new applicants.


If you have any questions, please contact Dan Harvey at