Faculty Grant Guidelines

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Faculty Grants

As part of its mission to spark new knowledge, foster vibrant intellectual communities, and ignite conversations that matter, the Humanities Center awards grants to School of  Humanities faculty and graduate students to support research, conference  travel, publication subvention and conference planning.  Grants are awarded twice a year in fall and spring quarters.  The Humanities Center's internal grant streams are funded through the Academic Senate (CORCL), the UCI  Office of Research, and the UC Humanities Network.

If you have questions about faculty grants, contact Amanda Swain at ajswain@uci.edu. During Spring Quarter 2020, appointments are available by Zoom video call or telephone call. Schedule an appointment here.

Our Conversations that Matter theme for 2020-2021 is OCEANS. The Humanities Center will provide co-sponsorship funding for events by organized by departments, centers, research clusters and other faculty-led groups on the Oceans theme that take place September 2020 through June 2021. 

We are no longer accepting requests for Borders & Belongings co-sponsorships.

Faculty Grants

1) Advancing Faculty Research Grants (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 1/31/2020

Description
Advancing Faculty Research Grants support faculty who are expanding the scope of their scholarship by preparing them to apply for and/or administer new sources of research funding. Grants will be awarded to faculty with clearly articulated research projects who have identified specific large-scale funding opportunities they plan to apply to or administer within the next two years. Projects ideally should be collaborative in nature and the funding opportunity multi-year in scope. The Advancing Faculty Research Grants are funded by the Office of Research’s Research Growth Investment Fund. Course replacement funds of up to $14,000 will be paid directly to the department.

Four types of proposals will be considered for Advancing Faculty Research grant funding:

1. Skill Enhancement and Research Project Preparation: Grants will provide funding to faculty to acquire specific skills or interdisciplinary/technical training in order to pursue a new research project. Funding would be available to engage in systematic training and would pay for course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with training programs (up to $14,000). Examples include attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute to learn an advanced digital tool; a summer course in quantitative data analysis methodologies; an intensive summer language course to add a research language that would facilitate international collaboration and support from non-US funding agencies (e.g. European Union research agencies). This request is intended for the faculty to prepare applications for previously unavailable research funding (independently or as part of a cross-disciplinary team). 

2. Embedded Cross-disciplinary Research: Faculty exploring or engaged in multi-disciplinary projects with colleagues outside of the humanities, particularly non-traditional partners in the sciences, can apply for course replacement funds to be “embedded” with a lab, research center or project team for a quarter. This will open up new opportunities for humanities faculty to be project personnel on grant proposals for NSF, NIH and industry grants.

3. Seed Funding:  Faculty can apply for course replacement funding to develop the first phase of a project in order to apply for a large external grant award. The grants ideally will be collaborative in nature and sustain multi-year endeavors.

4. Course Release for Grant Administration: Faculty can apply for course replacement funds to support a course release when awarded a project grant that requires managing a project team of UCI graduate students or researchers from multiple campuses.

To apply, please complete the online application for EEE Scout and upload a PDF narrative https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/AdvFacResearch2020. The application form includes:

o The AFR grant you are applying for (skill enhancement, embedded cross-disciplinary research, seed funding, or course release for grant administration)

o Title and 250-word abstract of the project that you intend to pursue

o Title, amount, and timeline for the external grant application you plan to submit

The 2-page narrative should explain how the AFR grant will expand the scope of your scholarship and prepare you to apply for the identified major grant within two years.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Swain at ajswain@uci.edu or 949-824-1948.

Call Date: 11/20/2019

2) Collaborative Conference Grants (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 5/15/2020

Description
Collaborative Conference grants support academic conferences, symposia or colloquia held at UCI. These grants may also support a lecture series or works-in-progress series with a unifying theme during a quarter or the academic year.  A collaborative project must have at least two (2) co-directors.  At least one should be a School of Humanities faculty member or a current School of Humanities lecturer who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering research on campus. Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellows are also eligible to apply for a collaborative conference grant.  Grant funds may be used for honoraria and travel expenses for invited speakers and for catering and conference supplies. 

Centers and research clusters supported by the Humanities Center may apply for $1,500. Other faculty collaborations may apply for up to $2,000.

Timeline:
o Notifications by June 30, 2020
o Funds must be expended by June 30, 2021

Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically via EEE Scout. Deadline by May 15, 2020

Log into EEE Scout: https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/fac-collab-conf-spring2020

Complete the online application form with the following information:
• Name, Department and Rank of the Faculty PI
• Organizing Group (if applicable), Conference Name, Dates
• Name and department/affiliation of co-organizer.
• Grant amount requested and total conference budget
• Department providing administrative support to organize the conference

Upload a single PDF document (max 3 pages) with the following:
• A description of the conference or scholar series, its contribution to scholarship in this field/on this topic, and a list of key participants.
• A detailed budget for the conference
• A list of other conference sponsors and sources of funding.

Questions? Contact Amanda Swain at ajswain@uci.edu.

Eligibility
A collaborative project must have at least two (2) co-directors. At least one should be a School of Humanities faculty member or a current School of Humanities lecturer who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering research on campus. Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellows are also eligible to apply for a collaborative conference grant.
Call Date: 4/10/2020

3) Dean’s Mid-Career Manuscript Workshops (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 1/31/2020

Description
The purpose of the one-day manuscript workshop is to provide mid-career UCI Humanities faculty with substantive and constructive feedback from scholars in the field on a substantial draft of a second book manuscript in preparation for submission to a publisher for a contract or for publication.  The grant is intended to fund travel expenses, lodging and honoraria for 2-3 invited scholars, as well as meals and refreshments during the workshop. The workshop itself is limited to the faculty member, invited scholars, and up to 2 other guests whom the faculty member would like to include. The maximum amount for the manuscript workshop is $5,000. Faculty recipients must be prepared to submit a substantial draft of a book manuscript two months before the workshop (e.g., January 15, 2021, for a March 15, 2021 workshop).

Timeline
o Notifications by April 1, 2020.
o Manuscript workshop will be held in 2020-2021.

Logistics
The workshops may be organized by the home department or by the Humanities Center.

Submission
Applications must be submitted electronically by Monday, January 31, 11:00 pm, through EEE Scout.

Log into the application form on EEE Scout: https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/mid-career-manuscript-2020

Complete the online application form with the following information:
o Name, Department and Year promoted to associate professor
o Names and affiliations of 5-6 proposed scholars and editors from California and the United States and their contact information, with the aim of bringing to campus 2-3 invited scholars for the workshop

Upload a single PDF with a narrative description of the second book project (1,000-2,000 words), a timeline indicating what has been written and what will be submitted for discussion, and plans for publication (any initial contacts with a publisher, preliminary contract, etc.).

Click “Save” to save your submission and review or complete at a later date.
Once you have completed your online application form, click “Submit Responses” to submit the application.  Application forms cannot be changed once they have been submitted.

EEE Scout does not send an email confirmation.  Go to https://scout.eee/uci.edu and click on “Review My Submissions.” The form should show as submitted (not saved) in this list.

Contact Amanda Swain ajswain@uci.edu or 824-1948 with questions.

Eligibility
Academic Senate faculty with an appointment in the UCI School of Humanities at Associate Level III to Associate Level V who are currently completing their second book project.
Call Date: 11/21/2019

4) Digital Scholarly Projects Planning & Proof-of-Concept Grants (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 1/31/2020

Description
The Digital Scholarly Projects Planning & Proof-of-Concept Grants are funded by the Office of Research’s Research Growth Investment Fund. Scholars in all disciplines and fields in the humanities are utilizing digital tools and platforms in their research methodology or to disseminate their scholarly project. These small grants are designed to fund initial planning session or alpha-level prototypes in preparation to submit a grant proposal to fund the next planning phase or project implementation. Grants may also support planning for the revitalization and/or recovery of existing digital projects to extend their viability. Projects should show promise to contribute substantially to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.

Grants are available to support projects that have identified:
o a clear research question and its significance;
o a digital tool or platform (e.g., data visualization, database, or mapping) and how it can contribute to answering that research;
o collaborators, including potential technical advisors; and
o a funding opportunity and timeline for applying.

Grant funds may pay for:
o Consulting fees for programmer or other technical advisor to develop a technology plan for the grant application.
o Fees for programmer to develop an alpha-level proto-type to use for funding applications.
o Planning meeting(s) with collaborators to refine project plan.

Two $10,000 and one $20,000 grants will be awarded.  The $10,000 grants are expected to fund planning meetings and initial technical consultations. The $20,000 grant is expected to fund the development of full technical plans and proof-of-concept designs for larger grant applications.

Grant awards will be announced in early March 2020.

Application Submission
To apply, please complete EEE Scout application form and upload a narrative (max 5 pages) and a budget with justification (as a single PDF).

The application form is available at https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/DigScholaryProjects2020.
o Title and 250-word abstract of the project that you intend to pursue
o Title, amount, and timeline for the external grant application you plan to submit

The narrative (max 5 pages) should:
o Provide a clear and concise explanation—comprehensible to a general audience—of the scope of the project activities, the major issues or research questions to be addressed, and their significance to the humanities
o Provide a clear and concise summary of similar work being done in the applicant’s area of study. This section should make it clear that you are aware of work being done in the field, including using the technology you plan to use, and should explain how your proposed project contributes to and advances the field.
o Provide a concise history of the project, including information about preliminary research or planning and previous related work.
o Describe the specific tasks that will be accomplished with this grant. Include a schedule of important tasks and milestones, a list of collaborators and their responsibilities and department providing administrative support.
o Describe briefly how the project will be sustained once completed (e.g., where will it be hosted, who will be responsible for maintaining it?)

The budget should include:
o Expenses to be covered by grant funds
o Explanation of each item, including calculation
o Expenses not covered by this grant necessary to complete the project
o Other sources of funding

Extramural grant opportunities for digital projects include:

ACLS Digital Extension Grants
https://acls.org/Competitions-and-Deadlines/ACLS-Digital-Extension-Grants
This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/neh-mellon-fellowships-digital-publication
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication.

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

NEH Digital Projects for the Public
https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/digital-projects-the-public
The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. The projects must be designed to attract broad public audiences.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Swain at ajswain@uci.edu or 949-824-1948.

Call Date: 11/21/2019

5) Faculty Conference Travel (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 1/13/2020

Description
Max Request per conference: $1,200 domestic or $2,000 international

Grant funds may be used towards travel expenses, lodging at the conference, and conference registration fees.  They may not be used for membership dues, conference meals, or food or per diem while attending the conference. Preferences: junior and mid-career scholars attending national or major associational conferences in order to advance their research agenda; senior scholars engaged in a new research trajectory attending conferences specific to a new field or who are serving in governance capacity with the scholarly association sponsoring the conference.  Faculty giving presentations will receive priority over those serving as chairs or discussants.  Faculty conference travel grants are awarded from funds allocated to the School of Humanities from the Academic Senate’s Committee on Research, Computing and Libraries.

Faculty may request reimbursement for conferences attended since July 1, 2018 or for upcoming conferences in 2020.  Conferences prior to July 1, 2019 are not eligible for reimbursement. Faculty may apply for funding for up to two conferences. However, in order to fund as many requests as possible, the committee may choose to fund only one conference per faculty member.

Submission

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:00 PM on Monday, January 13, through EEE Scout.

1. Log into the Faculty Conference Travel Grant application form to submit the application. 
https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/fac-conf-travel-W2020

2. Enter the following information directly into the online form:
o Name
o Department
o Faculty Rank
o For up to two conferences (list individually within the form)
• Conference Name and/or Sponsoring Association
• Location and Dates
• Brief description of how the conference will contribute to your research
• Total amount requested
• Itemized budget
• If you currently research funds, please explain why those funds are not available for this project.

3. Click “Save” to save your submission and review or complete at a later date.

4. Once you have completed your online application form, click “Submit Responses” to submit the application.  Application forms cannot be changed once they have been submitted.

5. EEE Scout does not send an email confirmation.  Go to https://scout.eee/uci.edu and click on “Review My Submissions.” The Faculty Conference Travel Grants form should show as submitted (not saved) in this list.

Questions?
If you have questions about the proposal guidelines or difficulties with electronic submission via EEE Scout, please contact Amanda Swain, Humanities Commons executive director, at ajswain@uci.edu or 824-1948.

Eligibility
Academic Senate faculty with appointments in the UCI School of Humanities are eligible to apply for faculty grants through the Humanities Commons.
Call Date: 10/12/0002

6) Faculty Research (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 1/13/2020

Description
Faculty Research Grants support expenses related to scholarly research projects, including flights, ground transportation and lodging for research travel; archival and copying fees; the purchase of supplies directly related to the project; translation and transcription of research materials; and graduate student research assistant stipends. Research cannot be used for travel to conferences, food expenses or per diem during travel or for the purchase of computers, printers, other hardware or personal items. Faculty can apply separately for Conference Travel grants and Computing grants.

For collaborative research projects between SOH faculty and faculty from other UCI Schools or universities, grant funds may only be applied to SOH faculty expenses. Collaborative research projects are expected to produce a joint scholarly product.

Submission (as a single PDF file)

Narrative Description (two pages maximum):
Please provide a description of the overall project, its contribution to your scholarly trajectory and to the field, and what you plan to accomplish with the grant funds.

Project Budget (one page maximum):
Please provide a list of all project expenses, identifying which expenses will be paid by the grant and which expenses will be paid by other funds. 
Please list other funds – both received and pending – that will be used for this project.

1. Log into the Faculty Conference Travel Grant application form to submit the application:
https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/faculty-research-W2020

2. Enter the following information directly into the online form:
o Name
o Department
o Faculty Rank
o Project title
o Collaborator(s), as appropriate
o Total amount requested
o If you currently research funds, please explain why those funds are not available for this project.

3. Upload a single PDF of the project narrative and itemized budget.

4. Click “Save” to save your submission and review or complete at a later date.

5. Once you have completed your online application form, click “Submit Response” to submit the application.  Application forms cannot be changed once they have been submitted.

6. EEE Scout does not send an email confirmation.  Go to https://scout.eee/uci.edu and click on “Review My Submissions.” The Faculty Research Grants form should show as submitted (not saved) in this list.

Questions?
If you have questions about the proposal guidelines or difficulties with electronic submission via EEE Scout, please contact Amanda Swain, Executive Director, at ajswain@uci.edu or 824-1948.

Eligibility
Academic Senate faculty with an appointment in the UCI School of Humanities are eligible to apply for faculty research grants through the Humanities Commons.
Call Date: 12/12/2019

7) Oceans | Conversations that Matter 2020-2021 (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 5/15/2020

Description
Oceans are rarely neutral places. They provoke the human imagination, arouse emotions of fear and nostalgia, and are sites of pleasure, contemplation, heroism, and death.  In 2020-2021, UC Humanities Center seeks to foster understanding of how the oceans and waterways of the world have shaped humanities-based inquiry and cultural production. We invite proposals that explore the “blue humanities” or how oceans and oceanic connections shift our concepts of space, time. and human relations to the environment and the non-human. The “Oceans” theme also provides an opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue, bringing the humanities into conversation with science, technology, engineering, arts, and medicine. We invite proposals that engage with multiple publics: the academic community at UCI and beyond, the campus-wide community including students and staff, as well as the regional community of Orange County and Southern California.

Selected events are eligible to receive up to $500 in co-sponsorship funding.  Proposals that qualify for a collaborative conference grant or a collaboratory grant can apply and receive both the Oceans grant and either of these grants.

Applications for fall 2020 events are due by May 15, 2020, with decisions made by June 30. An additional call for programs during winter and spring 2021 will be issued during fall quarter.

Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically via Google Forms.

Log into Google Forms using your UCI email address: https://bit.ly/OceansFall2020

Please complete the online application form with the following information:
  • At least one faculty or graduate student organizer from the School of Humanities
  • A Department/Unit agreement to coordinate the event
  • The proposed title, date, time, and location of the event
  • A brief 500-word description of the proposed event addressing the “Oceans” theme
  • An audience-building plan (up to 250 words)
  • Requested amount and budget justification
  • Other co-sponsors/Funders
Questions? Contact Professor Judy Wu, Humanities Commons Director, at j.wu@uci.edu.

Call Date: 4/10/2020

8) Publication Support (CLOSED)   -    Deadline: 4/27/2020

Description
Publication support grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for monographs, edited volumes and articles under contract with a publisher. Grant funds may be used as a subvention to the publisher or for expenses related to preparing the manuscript such as image rights, copy-editing and/or indexing.

Exceptional requests above $2,000 only for permissions expenses related to monograph publication will be considered for funding through the Dean’s research initiative.

Eligibility: Academic Senate faculty with an appointment in the UCI School of Humanities are eligible to apply for a publication support grant through the Humanities Center. 

Timeline:
o Notifications by May 31, 2020
o Funds must be expended by June 30, 2021

Grant Payments: Publication subvention grants will be paid directly to the press.  Grant funds for publication expenses incurred directly will be reimbursed. All expenses should be processed through the recipient’s home department.

Applications must be submitted electronically on Monday, April 27, 11:00 pm, through EEE Scout.

Log into EEE Scout: https://scout.eee.uci.edu/s/publication-spring2020

Complete the online application form with the following information:
o Name, Department and Rank of the faculty applicant
o Requested grant amount
o Title and publisher

Upload a single PDF (max 2 pages) with a description of the project and a budget identifying how the grant funds will be used towards publication.

Upload a copy of the publication contract.

Upload a letter from the publisher either a) identifying expenses that must be paid directly by the author if requesting grant funds for preparing the manuscript for publication OR b) a letter from the publisher requesting subvention.

Eligibility
Academic Senate faculty with an appointment in the UCI School of Humanities are eligible to apply for a publication support grant through the Humanities Commons.
Call Date: 3/26/2020