Funding: ACLS Digital Extension Grants

Sponsor deadline: Feb 02, 2016ACLS Logo

ACLS Digital Extension Grants

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) inviteapplications for the Grant program, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance the digital transformation of humanities scholarship by extending the reach of existing digital projects to new communities of users. Grants will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects in ways that engage new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions. To this end, projects supported by these grants may:

  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach;
  •  Develop new systems of making existing digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions;
  •  Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited cyberinfrastructure to exploit digital resources;
  •  Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

Announcement: IU Collaborative Research Grants 2015-16 Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals for the Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program is available online. Proposals are due on February 15, 2016, with funding to begin no iu-logolater than May 1, 2016.

The IUCRG program is open to faculty on all IU campuses. The intent of the IUCRG program is to support research that will significantly advance a research field and in doing so, impact the lives of Indiana residents, the United States, and the world. The program as a whole is designed to help facilitate new collaborations, and in so doing to increase Indiana University’s competitiveness for external funding involving innovative and transformative research. Each team must therefore include at least two faculty members from different departments, schools, campuses or disciplines who have not previously collaborated extensively in the project’s subject matter. Grants are intended as seed funding, to be followed by external funding to continue and complete a broader research trajectory initiated with IUCRG support.

IUCRG will support research in emerging fields of study as well as innovative or multidisciplinary research that can advance a field. Proposals should fit at least one of the following subject areas:

  • Biological/Life Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in non-medical biological sciences;
  • Physical Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology/Earth science;
  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Informatics: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in applied sciences including material sciences, engineering research, or approaches to other areas of research that rely upon innovative uses of technology, engineering, or computer and applied sciences;
  • Health Sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in biomedical sciences;
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues of local, state, national or international significance; educational research, including but not limited to research into effective novel approaches to K-12 STEM education (not curricular development).

Additional details are available online. If after reviewing the RFP and FAQs, you have questions about the program, please contact us at

Over the past five years, the IUCRG program has supported 65 teams including 222 IU faculty members engaged in research across a variety of fields. Lists of past recipients are available on our website. We are pleased to continue the program this year and look forward to receiving your proposals.

Funding: IDOA Project Management Services for the Development and Implementation of an Expressive Arts Program for Long Term Care Facilities

Limited Submission URL: University Logo
IU Internal Deadline: 11/9/2015
IDOA Application Deadline: 12/9/2015

Brief Description:
In order to improve engagement of nursing home residents resulting in improved quality of care and quality of life, the Indiana State Department of Health, Health Care Quality, and Regulatory Commission needs project management services for the development and implementation of an expressive arts program for long term care facilities. The program will be designed to provide education, training, tools, and support for immediate implementation following completion of the expressive arts course. The program will focus on the use of arts through movement, drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, music, or acting as interventions or approaches to help create a sense of content and well-being for residents. The vendor will develop an Expressive Arts Course and an Expressive Arts Train-the-Trainer Course. The end goal of the course will be to provide project leaders with the skills needed to implement expressive arts programs in long term care facilities.

Award Amount:
Award Varies: Each proposal should contain the Respondent’s best terms from a price and technical standpoint. The term of the contract shall be for a period of two (2) years from the date of contract execution. There may be two (2), one-year renewals for a total of four (4) years at the State’s option.

Limitation: One per Indiana University

No more than one proposal per Respondent may be submitted.

To apply for IU Internal competition:
For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission,, by November 9, 2015 for internal coordination. To expedite the review process, we request that investigators who intend to submit a proposal send an email with the intended investigator names/affiliations and proposal title to with the subject line: L0994 Notice of Intent.

  • Project Narrative, not exceeding 2 pages (excluding references and figures).
  • Abbreviated CV, not exceeding 3 pages, or a biosketch for the PI

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward,, on submissions.

Workshop: Applying for National Science Foundation Funding

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
Location: University Library, Lilly AuditoriumIUPUI Library

Join the “Ins and Outs of Applying for NSF Funding” workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, in University Library’s Lilly Auditorium. The workshop will provide an overview of the foundation, its mission, its priorities and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Specific topics include a description of various funding mechanisms and their appropriateness for each career stage, attributes of high-quality proposals, and resources available within the university to support proposal development.

Representatives from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of Research Administration and NSF awardees on the IUPUI faculty will focus on how to prepare and submit grant proposals to the NSF. Highlighting the event is a panel discussion by current NSF reviewers who will provide an in-depth look into the peer-review process.

$100,000 Transformational Impact Fellowship goes to Herron Professor Greg Hull for patient-based digital art project

Herron School of Art and Design Professor Greg Hull’s collaborative proposal for the Installation of a work by senior Jenn Brown (in scissor shirt) at IUPUI University Library.“Touchstone Project,” which would produce digital works made of light and controlled by input from hospital patients, earned a $100,000 Transformational Impact Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Hull, whose work has often included the use of projected light, teaches sculpture. He is one of the first two people to earn the new two-year fellowship, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., announced at the Arts Council’s annual Start With Art luncheon on September 4.

Hull’s collaborators include Assistant Professor Juliet King, director of Herron’s graduate Art Therapy Program, and Dr. Robert Pascuzzi, chair of the Department of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The project will provide a way for patients—including those with limited mobility because of neurological conditions such as ALS and Parkinson’s disease—“to interact with and generate engaging imagery that they can experience and change in real time, as well as potentially share with a larger audience,” said Hull.

He and his partners hope to give the patients who participate a sense of identity, autonomy and confidence through the art, as a way to combat the depression and anxiety that often come with such a diagnosis.

The project outcome will be works created in response to data collected from patient sensors and translated through an artist-designed interface. The works can be displayed on monitors or projected at varying scales and experienced privately by the patient or publicly in an installation space.

“This project will open new avenues for partnership across disciplines. It’s an honor to be part of pioneering work that can help people, and perhaps, with further research, become a tool for art therapists everywhere,” said King.

Shannon Linker, vice president of the Arts Council said, “The new Fellowship gives artists the opportunity to be at the center of the project, not brought in as an afterthought. Many artists have an altruistic nature that constantly seeks to better their surroundings. These partnership-based projects allow artists to create something meaningful in keeping with their art practice, but also fulfill their need to positively impact their community.”

Linker said that the Arts Council collected “63 submissions from artists and artist teams working in literary and visual arts, dance, music and theater. Within those submissions there were hundreds of artists and partner groups involved in thinking about amazing ways art can help transform a place or idea.”

Colleagues from arts service organizations in Miami Beach, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and South Miami Beach formed an e-panel to select the finalists. They did not know the fellowship applicants.

“The e-panel narrowed down the submissions and came up with their own concerns and highlights. Then the grants committee of our board of directors interviewed the lead artist for each finalist project and asked some tough questions—questions that came from the e-panel as well as questions that related to Indianapolis and our community specifically,” Linker said. “The panelists were especially drawn to the proposal Hull put forward because of his team’s potential impact on the world of Art Therapy.”

The Arts Council will be documenting the progress of both fellows (Brian Fonseca of Phoenix Theater is the other award recipient) over the course of the two years and plans to share highlights via video and other means. “The impact may be hard to measure at first,” Linker said. “We understand that this project may just be the beginning of a magnificent idea that will grow over many years.”

Funding: Russell Sage Foundation Program on Social Inequality

Russell Sage Foundation Program on Social Inequalityth

Sponsor deadline
: January 5, 2016, Letter of Inquiry

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. We are especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data.

The Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. All proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.​

Langsam/Oswalt Lecturer Summer Fellowship for Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Teaching Faculty

The Langsam/Oswalt Faculty Award award supports a summer fellowship for non-tenureiu-logo track, full-time teaching faculty to allow them to take a summer “sabbatical” from teaching to pursue professional development activities. This award is for $6,000, and can be used for summer salary (including required withholdings).

*****NOTE: The timeline on this award application has been moved to December to give departments time to change summer teaching schedules, as necessary.

Applications may be by individuals or by departments/programs and must detail proposed professional development activity that supports their teaching mission. Activities supported by this award include those that lead to scholarly dissemination of knowledge about teaching, curriculum development projects, and other activities of long-term professional benefit to the teacher and the unit, including related travel and/or conference expenses as well as library and equipment acquisitions. A committee appointed by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts shall determine the recipient of the Fellowship based on the merit of the proposal.

Candidates must be non-tenure track, full time teaching faculty of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and have worked in this capacity for a minimum of three years. Visiting faculty are not eligible for this Fellowship. This Fellowship can be received in conjunction with other funding.

Submit the following:

  • A maximum of a three-page proposal detailing the activity and at least one letter of support. The entire proposal may not exceed more than 5 pages.
  • A current CV (does not count in page limit).

Submit all required documents, electronically, to Candice L. Smith, by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015.

A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and bladeserve as innovative conduits for social change. To that end, ABOG is inviting Letters of Interest for its Fellowship for Engaged Art.

The $20,000 ABOG fellowship supports socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change; that feature artists in leadership roles; that emphasize active and sustainable partnerships with communities; and/or in which artists engage community members as equal partners on locally relevant issues (or globally relevant issues as they apply to the local context). Projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process are encouraged.

Fellows become active participants in a program that features a range of services, including a two-day orientation that explores ABOG’s documentation and assessment models and includes workshops on strategies for community engagement; quarterly co-assessment meetings with other fellows to share progress and offer feedback to one another; support and feedback for ongoing self-assessment in the form of collaborative action research; and assessment by an outside evaluator.

Eligible applicants include individual artists or artist collectives with projects that directly engage a specific community or communities. Artists may not currently be enrolled as students, must be legal residents or citizens of the U.S., and be at least 25 years of age. Applicants must not have received a full ABOG Socially Engaged Art Fellowship as an individual or as part of an artist collective in the last three years. In addition, applicants must have a website with contextualized examples of past work that a selection panel can review.

Applicants are strongly recommended to attend an informational workshop on either September 29 or November 2 before submitting application materials.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than November 20, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by January 15, 2016.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application procedures, visit the ABOG website. Link to Complete RFP.

New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities 2015-16 Call for Proposals

Since 2005, Indiana University has demonstrated a significant commitment to supporting IU ART MUSEUM LIGHT TOTEMexcellence in the arts and humanities through New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities. Over the past ten years, New Frontiers has provided 750 grants to more than 450 faculty members from all eight IU campuses. I invite you to visit this website for a multimedia retrospective of New Frontiers, where you can learn about some of the ways in which IU faculty have used the resources provided by this program to produce outstanding creative and scholarly work.

President McRobbie has announced that the program will be renewed for another five years. Thanks to his commitment, IU stands ready to continue this investment in our outstanding artists and humanities scholars. I am pleased to bring to your attention the 2015-16 call for proposals, available here.

This year, there will again be four funding mechanisms:

  • New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship: funding of up to $50,000 to assist in the development of innovative works of scholarship or creative activity (deadline October 15)
  • New Frontier Experimentation Fellowship: grants of up to $15,000 to fund the very preliminary stages of new trajectories in research or creative activity (deadlines January 15 and June 15)
  • New Frontiers/New Currents: grants of up to $20,000 to fund workshops, symposia, or small conferences on timely topics featuring major distinguished thinkers (deadlines September 15 and March 1)
  • New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowships: grants of up to $3,000 to support national or international travel for new research or creative projects (deadlines October 15, December 15, February 15, and April 15).

If you have any questions about the New Frontiers program, please read the FAQs or contact

ECA Community College Initiative Program

Limited Submission URL:

IU Internal Deadline: 9/30/2015
ECA Application Deadline: 11/16/2015

Brief Description:
The CCI Program provides international participants from underserved and iu-logounderrepresented communities with an intensive academic-year long program at accredited U.S. community colleges, focused on building technical and professional skills while deepening participants’ understanding of the United States.

The CCI Program demonstrates the U.S. commitment to education for all by providing access to educational opportunities to a broad spectrum of international students from underserved and underrepresented communities. By providing quality technical and professional education, community colleges can provide students from developing countries with skills and experiences that will help them to participate constructively in their countries’ development. The Bureau is engaged with the U.S. community college sector to increase the number of international students enrolled at U.S. community colleges and to reinforce efforts to build international ties. International students bring opportunities for global engagement and learning to U.S. classrooms and campuses, encouraging U.S. community college students to study abroad and fostering global awareness and skills development for those U.S. students who may not have the opportunity to study or travel abroad.

Award Amount:
It is the Bureau’s intent to award up to three cooperative agreements (one base year plus two non-competitive continuations) for an estimated three-year total amount of $15,600,000, pending availability of funds. There is no minimum or maximum cost sharing percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

Proposals requesting funding for infrastructure development activities, sometimes referred to as “bricks and mortar support,” are NOT eligible for consideration under this competition and will be declared technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process.

Limitation: One per Indiana University
Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

To apply for IU Internal competition:
For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission,, by September 30, 2015 for internal coordination. To expedite the review process, we request that investigators who intend to submit a proposal send an email 1 week before the internal deadline with the intended investigator names/affiliations and proposal title to with the subject line: L0986 Notice of Intent.

· Project Narrative, not exceeding 2 pages (excluding references and figures)
· A letter of support from Chair or Dean
· Abbreviated CV, not exceeding 3 pages, or a biosketch for the PI

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward,, on submissions.