Engaging Humanities Grant, 2019–20

The Engaging Humanities grant provides matching funds for UC faculty as they engage with publics alongside and beyond the academy. Engaging Humanities offers a grant opportunity that supports innovative projects combining humanities research and/or pedagogy with community engagement, building ties between UC campuses and California communities through research engagements and/or partnerships with community organizations, museums, NGOs or other public-facing groups. These grants may support the initiation of new projects or advance the work (or completion) of projects and efforts already in progress. Applicants to the Engaging Humanities grant must have support from a community partner and are required to seek funding from external granting agencies, organizations, or UC campuses or departments to secure a match of at least 50% of UCHRI-awarded funds.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.

Topic Details

In the spirit of the award title, Engaging Humanities Grants should produce original scholarship and programming that is interested in, inflected by, and interesting to, a variety of publics. Preferred projects should address one or more of these approaches/topics:

  • Collaborative and mutually-beneficial knowledge creation that involves faculty and students alongside community partners around a topic of public concern
  • The translation of California-centered humanities scholarship for broader publics (local, regional, or statewide)
  • Innovative curriculum development that fosters community access to, and engagement with, humanistic inquiry
  • Digital and multimedia publication, exhibitions, performance, and other innovative modes of disseminating scholarship
  • Campus-community partnerships across all sectors of higher education

Ideally, projects will engage a diverse group of UC humanities faculty and students with individuals or groups outside the academy in both the production and dissemination of the project’s research. Further, although projects might include some panel discussions or lectures, they should not be limited to these forms of engagement.

Application Details

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

Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Project Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Memorandum of Agreement or Community Letter from the partner organization
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Interdisciplinary and multi-campus collaborations are strongly encouraged, though proposed initiatives may involve scholars from a single or multiple UC campuses, depending on the needs of the project. Preference is given to projects that engage with populations not traditionally well represented at the university, or those that address innovative topics.

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:

  • Intellectual Agenda, including the relevance and importance of the project for the campus(es) and the broader communities.
  • Research Plan, including proposed development timeline, and any relevant milestones. The grant activities must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
  • List of Participants, including each participant’s name, brief biography, and relevance/contribution to the collaborative project and its stated objectives. Commitments from non-UC participants should be evident.
  • Proposed Objectives, including expected outcomes, how the project will potentially impact various communities, and how this impact might be evaluated or measured.
  • Partnership Statement, describing the project’s relationship with its partner organizations and participants and a description of the target audiences.
  • Outreach Strategies for involving broader communities, including an explanation of why the chosen strategy is particularly suited for the target audience.

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 and lodging expenses for workshop meetings of working group members as well as necessary group and project-related research expenses, including programming and web support. Catered and group meals may not exceed 25% of the total budget. Grant funds do not cover alcoholic beverages. Please note that the majority of the budget should support research and engagement.

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 Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

For technical assistance contact Submittable at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264, ext. 2