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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: UCHRI Working Groups 2012-2013

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for Working Groups during the 2012-13 academic year (July 1 to June 30).


Who Can Apply: UC Ladder Rank Faculty
Level of Award: Up to $10,000
Funding Source: UCHRI
NEW DEADLINE: 5:00 pm PST, May 10, 2012 on FastApps (opens February 6, 2012) | View Current Grantees


Program Overview


The UC Humanities Research Institute is pleased to accept calls for Working Group proposals. Working Groups will provide financial and technological resources for University of California faculty to support research collaboration and communication within the extended range of humanities disciplines.


Working Groups are designed to catalyze collaboration between individuals from different disciplines, locations, and UC campuses around a specific problem, theme, object or topic. A Working Group may consist of 5 to 15 people who will collaborate over one academic year to address a clearly defined timely issue or early stage of research on an emergent topic in the humanities. Members of a Working Group will be expected to be connected virtually for ongoing communication and to meet face-to-face at least one time throughout the year.


All eligible proposals will be evaluated by the UCHRI and will be assessed on the basis of intellectual merit, scholarly relevance and potential contribution to the humanities. Working Group grants will be for up to one year and are non-renewable. Applicants are encouraged to apply for MRG funding, but those receiving MRU funding from the UCMRPI or MRG funding from the UC Humanities Network will be ineligible for Working Group funding. Substantially reformulated and reworked proposals previously submitted for funding in the MRPI competition will be considered. Awards will be announced no later than June 2012.


How to Apply


Applications are accepted exclusively online through UCHRI’s FastApps system. The applicant must be a UC ladder rank faculty member who will be responsible for the organization and execution of the proposed project.


Required documents include:


* Project Abstract (150 words max).
* Proposal Narrative (2000 words max). The project description should address the Working Group’s problem statement, the short-term and long-term significance of the topic or issue to the humanities and the methods and approaches being adopted. It should also clearly state set of deliverables, whether they be scholarly publication, technological prototype, an external grant proposal or application to the UC Humanities Initiative MRG program or to UCHRI for a residential group, a set of recommendations, or organizational intervention. Also include a list of Working Group participants and short rationale for their membership.
* Proposed Budget with a brief narrative. Proposed budgets may cover travel, lodging and per diem expenses for workshop meetings of working group members as well as necessary group related research expenses. Please note that budgets may be no more than $10,000. Funding to cover partial expenses for a graduate research assistant already affiliated with the institution of one Working Group member will be considered upon demonstration that the research of the group cannot be conducted without the GRA. A brief justification for the research assistant support should be included in the budget narrative. No more than fifty percent of requested funding can be devoted to GRA funding.
* Curriculum Vitae of the PI (2 pages max). The PI will coordinate, organize and monitor the progress of the working group. The PI will be responsible for submitting a research and budget report to UCHRI at the end of the grant period.


For questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Administrator at

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