UCHRI Humanities Center Collaborations 2017-18

Grant Overview

Description: UCHRI’s Humanities Center Collaborations grant provides financial resources to support three or more UC campus humanities centers/institutes to work on projects that 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.

Who Can Apply: Directors of standing University of California Humanities Centers funded through the 2015-2019 MRPI.
Award Amount: Up to $30,000
Application Opens: January 13, 2017 (online via FastApps)
Application Deadline Extended: May 22, 2017 (11:59 pm PST)
Awards Announced: June 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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Topic Details

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 that incorporate a humanistic approach to diverse subjects, e.g., the environment, new modes of scholarly publication, medical humanities
  • Regional graduate student internship programs
  • Community-based graduate student/undergraduate mentorship programs
  • Public humanities collaborations concerning a specific topical area

Application Details

Administrative PI(s) must be UC Humanities Center Directors and are responsible for administering funds as well as overseeing the progress of the group. Prospective Administrative PI(s) must apply online via UCHRI’s FastApps system. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • 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 participation from at least three campus-based humanities centers.

Project Description

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

  • Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue the humanities centers seek to address and its short- and long-term significance to the humanities.
  • Methods or Approaches that will ensure effective collaboration across all of the humanities centers engaged in the project.
  • List of Participant UC Humanities Centers, including how each center will contribute to the group’s stated aims, and the impact of the program for each participating campus.
  • Proposed Objectives, including a set of deliverables and how the participating humanities centers will collaborate to produce them.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Proposed budgets may cover travel and lodging expenses for meetings of participating centers as well as group-related research expenses. Catered and group meals may not exceed 25% 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. 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.

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