June 07, 2013

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants from the NEH

The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve
  • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
  • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets;
  • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
  • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
  • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
  • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.

Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category, which incorporates the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.

The deadline for application is September 12, 2013.
To view the full announcement visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-start-grants
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 5-1600 or SPO@bsu.edu.

June 04, 2013

NEH Offers New Enduring Questions Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has released a solicitation for the new round of Enduring Questions grants. The grants offer funding to faculty to develop new courses that will encourage undergraduates and teachers to use the humanities to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life. Through a deep and sustained program of reading, students will encounter influential thinkers from across previous centuries to the present day.

In its last five annual competitions, the Enduring Questions program received approximately 193 applications per year. The program made an average of nineteen awards per year, for a funding ratio of 10 percent. Award descriptions from previous grantees can be found here, including examples from GRC members: University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Wheaton College; Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; State University of New York, The College at Brockport; and Saginaw Valley State University.

Applications are due by September 12, 2013 for awards of up to $38,000. The award amount is dependent on the number of project directors indicated in the application. The grant period may last between 18 and 36 months.

If you are interested in applying for this grant please contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 285-1600 or spo@bsu.edu or your area proposal manager.