The Collaboratory has concluded its initial funding phase and will not be accepting grant applications in 2022. Pending renewal of funding, we look forward to issuing a new call for applications in 2023.

5×5 Incubator Grants

The 5×5 Incubator Grants are intended to encourage faculty and research specialists from a variety of fields to organize around a theme or topic of shared interest, an approach to work in the humanities, an experimental form of dissemination, or simply a productive common ground for future explorations.

Five faculty will meet five times over a period of a few months. Each group should include a minimum of three tenure track faculty and can also include lecturers, research scientists, librarians, curators, archivists, post-docs, and other university scholars. (This grant is not intended for graduate students.) The team organizer should be a member of the tenure track faculty. While five faculty members is the ideal number, the Collaboratory will consider proposals from teams comprised of four to six members.

Why Apply: These grants will help you to carve out some time in an otherwise busy academic year to: 1) expand your intellectual and institutional networks; 2) explore research questions of interest to you in the context of the linked interests of other faculty; and 3) develop a new kind of scholarly project.

Goals: 1) Encourage collaborative thinking about work in the humanities; 2) Create a space for low-stakes exploration of shared interests; and 3) Facilitate the development of collaborative scholarship in the humanities.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, faculty can start their 5×5 team at any point.

Process: Please apply by completing this application (Google form). Each team member of an awarded grant will receive $500 in salary or research funds upon submission of a short description of the conversations and the ideas that emerged from the five meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact Humanities Collaboratory faculty coordinator Kristin Hass at