Summer Collaborative Grants
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUMMER 2017 AWARDEES
Drawing Structures: Laurel Farrin (School of Art and Art History, Painting/Drawing, UI) & Matthew Kluber (Department of Art, Grinnell)
Mapping Islamophobia: Caleb Elfenbein (History and Religious Studies, Grinnell) & Jason Harshman (Education, UI)
The People’s Weather Map and Social Media: Iowans Talking about Weather Hazards: Barbara Eckstein (English, UI) & Casey Oberlin (Sociology, Grinnell)
Quantitative Methods for Teaching Text Analysis: Frederick Boehmke (Political Science, UI), Paul Dilley (Classics and Religious Studies, UI), Pam Fellers (Mathematics and Statistics, Grinnell), & Erik Simpson (English, Grinnell)
Accessibility Technology for Performance: Kyle Rector (Computer Science, UI) & Justin Thomas (Theatre, Grinnell)
APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018
Digital Bridges Summer Collaborative Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between Grinnell College and University of Iowa faculty members by providing space at the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies along with funding and technical support for a period of one to four weeks sometime between mid May and mid August. Stipends will be provided for two to three partners. The weeks do not have to be contiguous if, for example, it would be more useful to meet a week in June and then reconvene in August. The main requirement is that projects must include a faculty member from each institution. (Note: teams of two faculty members who would like to work together during the academic year and are focusing on pedagogical projects may instead apply for the Digital Bridges Pedagogy Grant.)
Objectives: We encourage you to think creatively about the form of the collaboration. The proposed work can range from the early planning stages of a project to the implementation or scaling up of a project and all in between. Collaborators may focus on shared research or on pedagogical interests (or both). For example, one applicant may be developing a mapping project relevant to her research while other partners design imaginative learning opportunities that incorporate the site. Two partners may want to learn a specific technology or digital approach together and explore ways to use that shared technology in their individual research projects or classes. Proposals might be for a period of shared planning in consultation with the Digital Bridges team and/or with experts in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio of the University of Iowa Library and/or with the Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative at Grinnell.
Outcomes: During the academic year, collaborators will share their discoveries in a public forum or workshop and write a brief report for the Digital Bridges website. Outcomes might include concrete plans for or progress on a digital research project, ideas and activities for using a digital project in undergraduate or graduate courses, grant applications, proposals to present your work at conferences, a print or digital publication, or recommendations for best practices in collaboration and project development based on your experience.
If you would like help locating a partner or to consult with the Digital Bridges leadership team before you draft a proposal, we welcome you to contact us.
Summer Collaborative Grants
- Provide space to work at the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.
- Provide a stipend of $1,000 per week for each of the two to three partners. (Note that funds must be taken as salary).
- Include at least two faculty members, one from each institution.
- May also include students, lecturers, and community partners as collaborators.
- Allow participants to focus fully on the project for the period of the grant funding (which may be from one to four weeks of full-time work together). Applicants should indicate the dates of the period of funded collaboration and the willingness to work together full-time during the period of the grant. The time period does not have to be continuous, but should include meetings at both Grinnell College and The University of Iowa. Some meetings may be held virtually.
- Can provide up to $12,000 per group for consultants and technical support.
- Can provide support from student assistants supported by the Digital Bridges grant at either or both Grinnell College or the University of Iowa.
- Can cover mileage for travel between institutions.
- Should lead to one or more of the outcomes listed above (or other negotiated outcomes).
- Require a report on activities at the end of the academic year (an evaluation form will be provided).
Who is eligible?
Faculty members from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. In groups of three, the third partner may be a full-time lecturer or graduate student.
How do we apply?
We understand that you may be at the beginning of a project and unable to answer all of our questions below. Therefore, to the best of your ability at this point in your planning, please include the following information in your application. We encourage you to use these headings (the major categories) in your document. Please create a single PDF and submit it to our email address: email@example.com In the subject line please include the project you’re applying for and the last name of the two faculty members. For example, Summer Collaborative Grant App for Elmborg Mangum. We will confirm that we have received your application.
- Name, Department, Contact information of the director(s).
- Title of proposed project.
- One to two-page narrative describing the project, its significance, and possible approaches and questions the group will explore.
- Specifically, what do you propose to accomplish during the grant period?
- Why is it an important undertaking?
- What earlier work has been done on the project or in related areas by the applicants?
- What distinctive expertise will each participant bring to the collaboration?
- What do you hope to achieve by the end of the grant period?
- A timeline for project (including steps taken before the grant period and anticipated afterward to move the project forward).
- A 3-5 sentence biography paragraph for each partner.
- A CV of up to 5 pages for each participant.
- A list of the kinds of advisory consulting and/or technical support needed.
- A brief letter (an email is fine) from each faculty member’s department chair endorsing your application that addresses the following. This letter should be submitted separately to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Digital Bridges Rec for [NAME OF APPLICANT].:
- How will participating in this project benefit the applicant’s career?
- How will this project impact teaching and research across the department more generally?
DUE DATE: Spring 2018