WONDER AND THE NATURAL WORLD: A Call for Grant Proposals

Logo for CSRES courtesy of News.iupui.eduCALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS: Symposia, workshops, performances, and seminar series for departments, institutes, and research centers at all IU campuses
Deadline for submission: June 15, 2015
Awards announced by mid-July 2015

The IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES) announces a grant competition on the theme of Wonder and the Natural World. Departments, research centers, and institutes across all IU campuses may apply for funds to support or supplement symposia, workshops, seminar series, performances, or small conferences during the 2015-2016 academic year that align with the Consortium’s two-year theme of Wonder and the Natural World. This call for proposals is part of a two-year thematic initiative sponsored by CSRES.

Wonder has been framed as a key moral disposition, as well as an aesthetic, emotional, or cognitive response; depending on its objects and orientation, it may display both salutary and sinister dimensions. Wonder at nature is prompted by the odd and uncanny, the strange and novel, the transcendent and sublime, as well as encounters with the monstrous and horrific. It has variously been associated with, or dissociated from, curiosity, awe, intimations of divinity, infinity, the sublime, the miraculous or supernatural, feelings of astonishment and puzzlement. We welcome projects that explore wonder or its cognate terms in relation to nature or the natural, broadly construed. Proposals should clearly relate the project to the announced theme.

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $2500, $5000, and $7500 depending on the scope of the proposed project. Funds can be used for travel and honoraria for external speakers, as well as hospitality expenses in keeping with university regulations. IU faculty may not receive honoraria. Applications for funding should include:

• summary of the project (750 words max.)
• a list of invited presenters
• a detailed budget
• letter of support from department chair or school/unit dean (included with the application or emailed separately)
• evidence of other funding obtained or requested (for requests over $2000)

Questions about the grant competition, and complete grant proposals may be emailed to CSRES Director Lisa Sideris at lsideris@indiana.edu.

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society is an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers from the eight campuses of Indiana University. Their mandate is to aid in the development of research and scholarship to better understand religion, ethics, values, and spirituality in society. An initiative of the IU Vice President for Research Office, CSRES is also supported by the Office of the President, The Office of the Executive Vice President and Chancellor, IUPUI, and the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.

Conference Fund

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce matching support for academic conferences or symposia organized by faculty members or professional staff and convened in Indianapolis [preferably at IUPUI] between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Those events that bring external audiences to IUPUI will be given preference. Awards will be made up to $1,500, if matched equally by the school or department.

Requests must predate the conference or symposium by at least one month. The Office of Academic Affairs will review submissions and make awards. Successful applicants will acknowledge IUPUI support in all publicity and in any publications resulting from the conference or symposium.

Brief proposals (not exceeding two pages) should be submitted with the completed application form, and should include:

  • topic, objectives, and description of the conference or symposium
  • venue
  • summary (up to one paragraph) of the background of each prospective and/or confirmed speaker or key participant
  • expected outcomes of the conference (impacts across the IUPUI campus, press releases, proceedings, publications)
  • budget: categories include honoraria, food, lodging, travel, and supplies (awardees should consult with Research and Sponsored Programs to determine allowable expenses for receptions or social events)

Please submit IUPUI Conference Fund applications to Melissa Lavitt, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs [mlavitt@iupui.edu] in the Office of Academic Affairs, AO126.

The IUPUI Conference Fund Proposal Form for 2014-2015 is available here.

New Frontiers/New Currents Grant, Deadline Feb. 1, 2013

New Frontiers/New Currents Grant:

2013 Deadlines: February 1 and August 1 (and within 6-12 months of the date of the anticipated conference or seminar)

Funding of up to $20,000 is available for New Currents programs, specifically workshops, symposia, small conferences, roundtables that offer new perspectives on, and new insights into, areas of scholarship and research in the arts and humanities.  The goal of this initiative is to host major distinguished thinkers on timely topics of significant and broad interest to the arts and humanities community and beyond, with funding preference provided to those topics more likely to have interdisciplinary interest across the arts and humanities. While presentations or participation by Indiana University faculty as part of the funded project are welcome, the majority of speakers/participants should be drawn from the outside academic community, and all speakers/participants should be nationally recognized. Written commitments by all participants in the event must be provided with the proposal.

Key to this funding initiative is dissemination, certainly including but also beyond the Indiana University community. Thus, contractual evidence for publication/dissemination of proceedings (with contributions by conference participants) as appropriate for the discipline and event is required for funding through this mechanism (see bullets below).

Application Format:

Proposals for New Currents Grants must be submitted no later than six months before the anticipated date of the event and no earlier than a year before the event, at http://research.iu.edu/funding_newfrontiers.shtml. All proposals must include:

  • a project description (3 page maximum)
  • list of confirmed speakers and rationale for their selection (2 page maximum)
  • project budget submitted using the Work on your budget function on the online application form
  • budget justification for funds requested • up-to-date c.v.(s) of proposer(s) (3 page maximum)
  • two letters of support: one from department or unit head and an additional letter from an expert in the field, not necessarily from Indiana University, assessing the significance and innovation of the project and the likelihood of its impact and success
  • a letter confirming participation from all internal and external participants
  • contractual evidence of significant dissemination, reflecting the importance placed upon dissemination for this initiative. Such evidence might include:
  • agreement with an outside publisher for publication of the conference proceedings,
  • agreement/contract with a gallery or concert facility for a presentation of a concert or gallery show outside of Indiana University with accompanying program notes,
  • agreement/contract for webinars or other new media forms of dissemination,
  • agreement/contract for publication of a themed issue of a scholarly journal
  • similar evidence as that listed above appropriate to the discipline and event.
  • Costs associated with dissemination (including publication costs) cannot be included in the budget proposal.

Recipients of funding are required to submit a brief interim report within one month after the completion of the meeting portion of the project, and a brief final report following the dissemination portion of the project. Failure to do so will preclude eligibility for future internal funding from the programs.