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Program for Transborder Communities: Research 

PTC supports interdisciplinary research on borders and transborder communities through seed grants, strategic research projects, and binational research partnerships.


Seed Grant Mechanism

The PTC seed grant mechanism was launched in 2014 under two modalities: research clusters and individual research grants. Research clusters are year-long group projects that bring together ASU faculty and external collaborators in order to pursue a body of focused research. The objective is to provide resources to launch a research effort that will result in a fully developed project proposal able to compete successfully for external funding. The cluster is led by an ASU faculty working collaboratively with other faculty and graduate students, and also with guest faculty member (PTC Scholar) based pm another university and who would serve as a consultant assisting in the development of a competitive project proposal. Individual research grants, on the other hand, provide ASU faculty academic year-long support to complete ongoing research or explore and develop new research ideas.

Both research clusters and individual seed grant proposals should directly contribute to the understanding of transborder communities and bordering processes in the US-Mexico borderlands and other border regions. The main deliverable is a grant proposal submitted for consideration to an external funding entity within twelve months of receiving the award.


2019 - 2020 Grantees

Impacts of anti-immigrant sentiments on adolescent wellbeing in the Arizona-Sonora border region

Dr. Flavio F. Marsiglia (PI), Regents’ Professor & Director, Global Center for Applied Health Research U54 PI, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), School of Social Work – College of Public Service & Community Solutions, ASU


The problem of teaching and learning of calculus as a common challenge to transborder regional development: exploring solution alternatives

Dr. Fabio Augusto Milner, Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Director of Mathematics for STEM Education in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Associate Dean of Graduate Initiatives in The College, PI at ASU.


Esperanza en Acción

Michael Stancliff, ASU School of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies


Development of Strategic Plan for the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus in the Sonora-Arizona Mega-Region

Enrique R. Vivoni, Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration & School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University


"PTC has provided me with generous funding and opportunities to share my ongoing research with colleagues, which have enabled me to further my long term research agenda on the Latinx experience in Oceania (the Pacific)."

"PTC seed grant was instrumental in completing an interdisciplinary and community based performance with Mac Arthur genius - radical performance artist Guillermo Gomez Pena and his troupe, La Pocha Nostra. Since then I have performed and created 8 projects with his company and many more border themed projects in the US and abroad."

Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation, ASU

Learn more about Dr. Guevarra's work at the
Latinx Pacific Archive.

Micha Espinosa, Associate Professor of Voice and Acting at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre, ASU

Learn more about Professor Espinosa's work at Michaespinosa.com & La Pocha Nostra.