The Office of International Affairs was created to reduce the complexities of international research in order to increase international collaboration. Supported by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, the International Research Exploration Fund helps faculty develop new programs and initiatives that demonstrate "proof-of-concept" for further university or external funding. In short, OIA grants are intended to facilitate collaboration among faculty and students and to foster new relationships at Stanford and with research partners all over the world.
Digital Humanities is an emerging methodology that applies computational tools and platforms to humanistic research. With advanced mapping technologies and visualization techniques, for instance, one can show how the U.S. Postal Service operated in the 19th century using an interactive map. Geocoding, metadata and network analysis are no longer technical jargon for historians who have been utilizing such emerging methods.
OIA responds to faculty challenges with a nimble approach to seed grant funding.