UCHRI Humanities Center Collaborations 2016-2017

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for Humanities Center Collaborations for the 2016-17 academic year.

Who Can Apply:  Standing University of California Humanities Centers funded through the 2015-2019 MRPI. A Humanities Center may apply for more than one grant, provided it is for a different collaboration.

Level of Award: Up to $30,000
Funding Source: UC-MRPI/UCHRI
Deadline: April 8, 2016 (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps (opens on February 15, 2016).
Funding Decision: It is expected that awards will be announced in May 2016. Final awards contingent upon available funding.

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The UCHRI Humanities Center Collaborative grant provides financial resources to support three or more UC campus humanities centers/institutes to work on a project of mutual interest. Projects should engage significant research questions and push the frontiers of collaborative, interdisciplinary knowledge production in the humanities or between the humanities and other fields or modes of inquiry. Humanities Center Collaborations should set and explore innovative research agendas in ways that contribute to the advancement of the topic specifically, and the humanities as a whole.

Humanities Center Collaborations can take take any form, whether topic driven or designed to address a shared concern. Possible projects might include:

  • Topic-driven collaborations addressing any of a wide range of subject-matter, e.g., the environment, new modes of scholarly publication, medical humanities, etc.;
  • Regional graduate student internship programs;
  • Community-based graduate student/undergraduate mentorship programs;
  • Public humanities collaborations concerning a specific topical area.


The project description should address the humanities center collaboration’s problem statement, and the short-and long-term significance of the topic or issue to the humanities. The description should also address methods and approaches being adopted by the group to support effective collaboration.

Successful proposals will include at least three UC humanities centers at different campuses, and clearly explain how the theme and activities will contribute to research excellence in the humanities.  Proposals should also explain how each humanities center will contribute to the group’s stated aims, and the impact of the program for each participating campus.

The project description should also clearly state a set of deliverables, and address how the participating humanities centers will collaborate to produce them.


Proposed budgets may cover travel and lodging expenses for meetings of participating centers as well as group-related research expenses. Funding to cover partial expenses for a graduate research assistant already affiliated with the institution of one humanities center will be considered upon demonstration that the research of the group cannot be conducted without the Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). A brief justification for the research assistant support should be included in the budget narrative. No more than 25% percent of requested funding can be devoted to GRA funding. And please note that there is a 15% limit on administrative costs for the entire funded project. In your budget please specify if and how these administrative costs will be spread among the partners.

The Administrative PI will coordinate, organize and monitor the progress of the group, and will be responsible for submitting a narrative research and budget report to UCHRI at the end of the grant period. Project Co-PIs will participate in all aspects of program development.

Awarded funds will be transferred directly from UCHRI to an account administered directly by the main Administrative PI’s Humanities Center. The administrative campus humanities center  will be responsible for all financial aspects of the grant, and should be well positioned to process travel reimbursements, entertainment costs, etc. For additional details or to view a sample, consult our budget template.

Funds will support programmatic activities for one academic year.

Optional Supplemental Graduate Student Funding

Faculty organizers may apply coterminously for supplemental funding to support graduate student involvement in research projects (please note that this source of funding is in addition to the primary Humanities Centers Collaboration grant and is optional). The UCHRI Supplemental Graduate Student Funding provides financial resources to enable or augment the support of research-driven, graduate student engagement in UC-wide research projects. Applicants must submit a narrative and budget justification that speaks to how graduate students will be substantively engaged in the research project. For more information on Supplemental Graduate Student Funding, and how to apply, please visit: http://uchri.org/uchri/supplemental-graduate-student-funding/.

Note: Supplemental graduate student funding will only be awarded to those projects that ultimately receive a Humanities Center Collaboration grant in UCHRI’s competitive grant cycle for AY 2016-17. Applicants should submit the Humanities Center Collaboration grant proposal and request for supplemental graduate student funding at the same time; when submitting a proposal on FastApps, applicants must opt IN to the supplemental grant funding in order to be considered. Supplemental graduate student funding requests will receive consideration alongside the primary proposal. It is important to note that supplemental graduate student funding is not guaranteed, even if the primary grant proposal amount is approved.


Applications from prospective organizers are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI’s FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Title of the Project and Abstract. (150 words max).
  • Project Description. (2000 words max).
  • Proposed Budget. Explain how estimates were determined. You may view a sample budget template under FAQ.
  • Identification of one Administrative Principal Investigator (PI) who will submit all mid and final narrative and financial reports.

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.