THE RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE

The Humanities Center invites tenure-line faculty to apply for up to $10,000 to support an innovative scholarly collaboration in 2018. 

We seek teams of two or more faculty members interested in collaborating for mutual or community benefit. Applicants may request any sum up to $10,000 to support their proposed activities. The Humanities Center Steering Committee will select one or more teams for awards totaling $10,000 per year. Winners will be encouraged to solicit additional funds from their departments and other internal and external sources.  

The Research Collaborative aims to stimulate creative ideas about how faculty may help one another accomplish individual or collective scholarly goals. Teams may propose any kind of collaborative activity centered on any topic or method of inquiry. The call for applications is deliberately open-ended to encourage applicants to identify the forms of collaboration of maximum benefit to their research. The forms of activity supported may concern any subject, may be "basic" research or public scholarship, and may be undertaking with an eye toward any form of communication, traditional or innovative.  We especially seek new models for teamwork, and we aim to support forms of collegial interaction and problem-solving that are not adequately supported by other programs of the center or the university. Collaborations can be across institutions so long as resources substantially benefit Miami University faculty and/or partner institutions share costs, appropriate to their resources. Existing Humanities Center Research Clusters are encouraged to apply for this fund as a way to expand or transform their ongoing work together.  Regardless of the research topics and the collaborative methods proposed, all Research Collaboratives are expected to result in clear, significant, and achievable scholarly outcomes or public humanities projects.     

Models of collaboration might include: cross-disciplinary study and authorship; working groups and colloquia aimed at fostering publication or innovative public enagement; symposiums and conferences designed to lead to edited collections, books, or other communicable outcomes; scholarly publication workshops; faculty engagement with visiting consultants; construction of digital or visual media projects. This list is not meant to be prescriptive. We seek innovative ideas for collaboration.  

Criteria for selection include the quality of the project; its potential contribution to knowledge in the relevant discipline(s); participants' experience and readiness to undertake the project; the importance of collaboration in strengthening the project; relationship of project cost to institutional benefit; and the project's potential to serve as a model of scholarly collaboration. Securing partner funding from departments or other internal or external sources is desirable but not required. Projects that might easily be supported by other funds will be ranked lower.  Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or to meet with the committee. The committee may in some years decide not to fund any proposals; it may also request adjustments to funding levels based on project review, overall requests, project timing, or other factors.   

Applicants may propose to use funding for any reasonable purpose, including, but not limited to: summer salary; workload adjustment (with the support all supervising chairs and deans); bringing to campus visiting artists, scholars, workshop coordinators, or consultants; staging public lectures, symposia, conferences, or other events; student assistance; equipment or technical support. Projects may be ongoing or new.  Funding will be available for use by January 31, 2017 and is intended to be used within three years of the award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for an NEH Collaborative Research Grant to support or continue their work. Projects involving public programs may request additional support for such events, provided they meet the criteria for the Center’s “Humanities Grants” Program.

Interested faculty should submit a description of their proposed collaboration in no more than 4 single-spaced pages, along with the c.v. of each applicant.  Proposals should contain a description of the project; its relationship to the scholarship of the applicants; its benefit to the applicants, the institution, and/or the public; a brief timeline of proposed activity; and a budget and brief explanation of proposed expenditures.  Those seeking a teaching release must supply a very brief letter of approval from their chairs. Chairs must also approve any plans involving department staff or resources. Applicants proposing a digital project are strongly encouraged to consult with the Center for Digital Scholarship to obtain an assessment of their projects' feasibility, timeline, cost, and institutional sustainability. Relevant information from this meeting should be included in the proposal.  

Please direct questions to Tim Melley at melleytd@miamioh.edu  Submit applications to humanitiesgrants@miamioh.edu by Friday, January 19, 2018

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