UCHRI Conference Grants, 2017-18

Grant Overview

Description: UCHRI’s Conference Grant provides matching funds to support events that convene scholars (primarily UC faculty) to explore significant and innovative ideas around a particular research topic, being particularly responsive to those intellectual activities that cannot readily occur within existing departmental and programmatic structures. Although the conference model is one such means of engaging in these activities, UCHRI invites interested applicants to consider alternative forms of scholarly gatherings, especially those that result in conversations and projects that have scholarly outcomes beyond the event. This grant is not intended to support annual meetings of professional organizations and groups or ongoing scholarly gatherings, and applicants must seek funding from outside granting agencies or organizations to secure a match of at least 50% of UCHRI-awarded funds.

Who Can Apply: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Award: Up to $5,000 (at least 50% of awarded funds must be matched)
Application Opens: September 30, 2016 (online via FastApps)
Application Deadline Extended: November 28, 2016 (11:59 pm PST)
Awards Announced: February 2017 (expected)
Funding Source: UCHRI/UCOP

Note: This award is eligible for up to $15,000 of supplemental graduate student funding to engage UC graduate students in substantive, research-oriented aspects of the grant.

Final awards are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

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Application Details

Faculty organizers must be a UC ladder rank faculty member and will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the event. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their respective campus representative on the UCHRI Advisory Committee for guidance in the application process.

Applications are accepted exclusively online through UCHRI’s FastApps system. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)
  • Supplemental Graduate Student Funding Request (optional, see details in the link provided)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities and include faculty participants from at least two UC campuses. Preference will be given to projects that engage three or more UC campuses and those that incorporate broader and more diverse publics in the expressive or interpretive work of the humanities.

It is strongly recommended that faculty organizers make requests for matching funds before submitting the application as it may not be possible for home campuses or granting agencies to appropriate funds if the request comes after announcement of the UCHRI award.

Project Description

The project description should be a maximum of  2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Problem Statement, including the important historical and theoretical context of the proposed topic, its short- and long-term significance to the humanities, and the faculty organizer’s personal commitment to the project.
  • List of Participants, including campus, discipline, career rank affiliations, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives. A commitment from the proposed keynote speaker or other prominent scholars should be evident.
  • Event Details, including specific plans for where the event will be held, how it will be structured, and any proposed session topics.
  • Proposed Objectives, broadly defined, including the event’s expected contribution to the proposed topic. If the conference is part of a longer-term program or series, please discuss its contribution to the overall project.

Wherever possible, the project description should also address the way the event will engage multiple campuses, disciplines, and publics in their work.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

  • The Applicant PROPOSED Budget Template
  • A Budget Narrative (500 words max) that describes how estimates were determined and lists secured or potential sources for matching funds

Proposed budgets may cover travel, lodging expenses, conference publicity, speaker honoraria, facilities rental costs related to event, as well as necessary group-related research expenses.  Catered and group meals may not exceed 10% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages.

UCHRI may also consider administrative costs (up to 15% of the total requested amount), provided justification is detailed in both the budget template and the budget narrative. Amounts should be determined in advance and in writing with the administrative unit (e.g., the faculty organizer’s department or campus humanities center). Campuses are prohibited from charging indirect costs on funding from the Office of the President.

For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Officer at snakano@hri.uci.edu.

For technical assistance with FastApps, contact techsupport@hri.uci.edu.

Please include the name of the program for which you need assistance.