Call for funding proposals: "Run-Up to the Iowa Caucuses" projects

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


The University of Iowa Public Policy Center is coordinating a Run Up to the Iowa Caucuses series of educational events that relate to the 2020 election and Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus (currently scheduled for February 3, 2020). This is the PPC's fourth Run Up to the Iowa Caucuses series and they would like to make it the most collaborative yet.

The PPC is inviting UI campus and community partners to use this series to develop and/or share their educational events that broadly relate to the caucuses or to the key policy topics likely to be discussed during the campaign.


Two types of support are available for non-partisan educational activities:

  1. Seed funding for new projects (up to $500)
  2. Promotional assistance

Types of Events

Event type is broadly defined as long as proposed events are non-partisan and educational. Ideas could include but are not limited to:

  • Film Screening: Present a community screening of a film. Invite directors, documentary subjects, or experts for a discussion and Q&A.
  • Presentation and Q&A: Give an overview of your work, or invite another expert to talk about their work and how it might impact different people, institutions, or policies.
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A: Assemble a panel of experts to discuss a relevant topic and answer the audience’s questions.
  • TED Talk- or Moth-style event: Tell your story or bring in a story-teller with a tale that sparks community conversation around a relevant topic.

The Series

The PPC’s first event in this series featured National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tamara Keith, White House correspondent and host of NPR Politics podcast, in a discussion around The Future of Politics in the US with national pundits from both sides of the aisle.

Proposal Process

To be considered, please submit a proposal that includes the following information:

1. [Potential] Event title and date preference
2. Brief description of topic and format
3. Intended audience
4. List of [possible] presenters

Preference will be given, but not limited to, events that engage students, yet are open to the public. Events that share UI expertise on policy topics are also encouraged. If your proposal is accepted, the PPC’s Community Engagement and Communications team will work with you to market the event as part of the Run Up to the Caucuses series, and other support resources may be available.

Submit your proposal to Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until November 1, 2019.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.