Deadline June 30; send proposal requests here

The UCSD Center for the Humanities supports annual research groups that bring
together faculty and graduate students participating in interdisciplinary
conversations and research agendas on humanities-related topics. Research groups should clearly address topics that cannot be covered in an existing department or program. We invite applications for new research groups and for the renewal of existing groups at two levels of support, explained
below.

Successful applications for all levels of funding will do the following:

• Have two or more conveners from different departments, one or more of which is
based in the humanities or humanistic-oriented social sciences;
• Include both faculty and graduate student members from at least two departments and/or programs;
• Open up new avenues of research centered within the humanities;
• Create intriguing connections that do not normally occur within the campus
structure.

Level One Research Groups: Creating Conversations ($500 in funding)
This level will support the sustained conversations necessary foster local
intellectual Communities crucial to the production of excellent individual scholarship or collaborative work. Such groups will meet at least two times a quarter to exchange ideas, read and discuss texts, and/or plan and implement common research projects. With evidence of ongoing conversation, groups may apply for additional funding to support an event, project, speaker, or other efforts that furthers the intellectual mission of the group.

Level Two Research Groups: Growing the Dialogue ($1,500 in funding)
This level will allow existing vibrant conversations extra support to grow the
conversation into a larger project or initiative. Additional funding may be used to bring in outside collaborators or speakers, facilitate community partnerships, host workshops, advance collaborative projects, or other activities that further the research agenda. Such groups will meet at least once a month. Groups at this level will receive assistance in grant development from the Center for the Humanities to pursue funding opportunities related to research group inquiry and activities, and may also apply for additional funding as merited.

Support and Expectations

The Center for the Humanities will transfer the funds to the designated home department that the research group specifies.  The home department is responsible for the administrative and financial tasks to keep the group running smoothly.  Research groups are encouraged to use the Center’s Seminar Room for meetings and to maintain a blog or web presence that is either on or linked to the Center’s website. The Center for the Humanities will assist groups in identifying external funding opportunities to grow projects in the future, with particular attention given to level two research groups.

To request additional funding support, a group must first demonstrate commitment to maintaining an ongoing conversation and activities. This generally takes the form of holding regular gatherings and making progress toward pursing the central questions of the research group. Conveners should submit a short request to the Center describing how additional support will enhance the group’s work and a budget. Please also briefly describe past, current, and future activities, and how this event fits in with the larger plan.

All research groups must submit a final report by June 15, 2017. Reports are required for consideration for renewed support. The final report should demonstrate group happenings and accomplishments as well as individual achievements that benefited from group participation. This includes a list of the following: grants applied for, grants received (individual or group), publications (including individual papers, books, and dissertations that benefited from group feedback), new courses, public events, conferences, other new initiatives, etc. For multi-year groups, please include any publications that benefited from group feedback or interaction from all years, not just the past year.

Application Process
Proposals should be submitted via email by June 30, 2016 to Erin Glass
(erglass@ucsd.edu).
All applications must include a detailed description of proposed activities (1-2 pages single-spaced), including the following.
• The research question of the group. Applicants must specify: (1) the central
question that the group will address, and (2) why this activity cannot occur within
existing structures;
• The names of the conveners of the group, as well as the names of faculty and
graduate students who have agreed to participate in the group;
• The activities planned for the year, specifying themes, topics, and materials that
are likely to be covered;
• (For Level Two only) A proposed budget for the year’s activities and plans for
future growth of the group’s efforts (see “allowable expenses” below);
• (For renewing groups) An explanation of how the group will build on and move
beyond the previous years’ work and an interim report for the previous year (as a
separate document).

Allowable expenses: At both levels, research group funds may be used for the
reimbursement for travel costs associated with bringing collaborators to UCSD, project expenses, workshop materials, and expenses related to the costs of meeting (food, book, purchases, copies, etc.). Funds may not be used to pay honoraria to speakers, or to sponsor departmental/program speakers and events.

Evaluation
Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
• Importance and/or potential of the research question, including its contribution to
the broader discourse of humanities research;
• Level of interdepartmental collaboration of the group and inclusion of both
faculty and graduate students;
• Clarity and feasibility of the proposal;
• (For level two research group proposals) Potential for growth and external
funding.

For further information, please contact Erin Glass, (858) 822-3556.