Proposal Development Funding

Applications for Proposal Development Funding are due in early February each year.  Project applicant PI’s are notified of funding decisions by the end of February.

Proposal Development funding provides support during May and June of each year for awarded teams to develop the collaborative project idea and put together the Project Funding proposal.  The Collaboratory anticipates funding up to four proposals per funding cycle.  See the proposals that were funded in 2016 and 2017 on our Proposal Development Projects pages, click on project titles to review samples of their original applications. Please note the budget links have been deactivated on the sample applications for confidentiality purposes.

Funded teams will be required to submit a written report on their spring term work by July 15 of the funded year.  If such is organized, team members will be required to attend one or two workshops related to collaboration during May/June as well as meetings that may be called by Collaboratory administration.

The 2018 Proposal Development Funding application period has closed, 2019 will open in late fall 2018.  The criteria for  applications and submission requirements are listed below.  All forms and criteria outlined below are final for the 2018 funding cycle.

Each application package must consist of the Application Cover Sheet, Narrative Application (responses to questions 2-4 in a single PDF file created by the applying team), Budget Worksheet, current CV’s for each faculty member on the team, the Signature Form indicating support by each faculty member’s Chair/ Director/ Associate Dean/Dean as applicable.  The information below is required to complete the application, word limits are indicated in parenthesis.

Project description

  1. Identify the research team
    1. PI, title, affiliations, unique name
    2. Faculty team members, title, affiliations, unique name
    3. Anticipated graduate team members, title, affiliations, unique name
    4. Anticipated undergraduate team members (if applicable)
  2. Describe your research project, including the questions that motivate the research, your approach and the anticipated outcomes. (1000 words)
  3. Describe your collaborative process. What will you work out or hope to accomplish during the Spring Term proposal development phase of your project? If you have previous experience with collaborative scholarship or if you have a model for collaborative work in mind, please explain.  What is the anticipated role of graduate student collaborators, and what is your mentoring plan for graduate students (and undergraduates, if relevant)? (1200 words)
  4. What contribution(s) will the project make to the humanities field(s) in which it intervenes, and to the humanities more broadly? How do you anticipate results will be communicated and to what audiences? (600 words)

The budget is completed through a self-calculating worksheet.  We anticipate budget submissions of $45-$83,000.  Budget considerations include:

  • PI Compensation of $12,000 or the value of a summer ninth whichever is less.
  • Up to $8,000 (or no more than a summer ninth whichever is less) stipend for each of the 2-4 faculty collaborators; it is suggested the stipend be adjusted based on contributions or role of each collaborator.  More collaborators may be compensated, but no more than $32,000 in total stipend compensation is allowed for the faculty team members
    **Note:  Due to the nature of their appointment, staff, librarians, and research scientists may or may not be eligible for additional compensation depending on the nature of their responsibilities for the project.  Approval of additional compensation is at the discretion of library administration, one’s supervisor and/or human resources based on the roles and responsibilities indicated in the proposal, budgets will be adjusted/reduced based on the final decision of pertinent personnel.
  • Graduate and/or undergraduate students paid as hourly research associates
  • Research expenses (team travel, supplies, materials, some hosting for meetings, etc.; no equipment can be purchased with proposal development funds)
  • Budget items may not include equipment or staff/admin support.

Further Documentation

  • CV from each faculty member (either short- or long-form is acceptable).
  • Signature Form – All faculty collaborator team members are required to obtain signature support from their appointing unit(s) Chair/Director.  If the team includes an LSA Chair/Director the appropriate Associate Dean will need to sign off on the proposal for that particular faculty member.  Other schools and colleges may or may not have Chair/Director appointments, in these cases either the Associate Dean or Dean’s signature of support is required (depending on the specific school’s procedures for applications of this nature).

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be selected based on the criteria listed below (not in priority order).  The proposals will be reviewed by the Collaboratory Steering Committee members as well as two external reviewers based on a rating system utilizing the indicated criteria.

  • Impact in the identified research field(s) and in the humanities more broadly, including degree of innovation
  • Justification for collaborative work:  process and products
  • Diversity of research teams
  • Quality of collaboration
  • Quality of mentoring
  • Feasibility of plan for project development phase

Please bear in mind the review is conducted by a broad, interdisciplinary committee.  Please ensure your verbiage is clear to those that may not be familiar with the field.