Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts at Purdue University Grant

With the goal of fostering innovation and excellence in the humanities and the arts at Purdue University, the Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts program seeks to encourage faculty to aim for what the University’s strategic plan labels as “breakthrough advancements” that give Purdue a national and international reputation in the humanities and the arts. It will provide financial support for three kinds of research projects:
(a) research proposed to be conducted in the humanities and the arts by individual faculty members;
(b) collaborative projects among faculty in the humanities and the arts; and
(c) collaborative projects between faculty in the humanities or the arts, and faculty in other disciplines at Purdue University.
In all categories, proposals should demonstrate the potential to produce externally funded programs of research.
A faculty committee appointed by the CLA Dean will evaluate the applications. The CLA Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education will also serve on the committee, and a representative from the EVPRP will be a non-voting member.
The CLA Dean may ask other faculty inside or outside of the college or university to serve as ad-hoc reviewers, where their participation would give the committee the expertise needed for reviewing specific proposals.
In making the final decisions on grants, whether a faculty member received one of these grants previously may be considered. In judging the proposals, reviewers will be asked to use several criteria:
(a) the quality of the applicant’s previous research in the humanities or the arts;
(b) the potential for projects to make significant contributions to knowledge;
(c) the potential for projects to enhance the visibility and reputations of the applicants and their departments; and
(d) the degree to which the projects would increase the applicants’ success in future applications for external grants and fellowships.
All CLA tenured and tenure-track faculty who have plans for research projects in the humanities and the arts are eligible to apply. A faculty member may submit only one application per year.
All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1- to 2-page report of the outcomes of their previous grants to the Associate Dean’s office (cla-adr@purdue.edu) within 6 months of the close of their project period or before submitting another internal funding proposal.
Reports must include information about all grant and fellowship proposals and awards submitted since the funded grant application as well as the status of publications, exhibitions, presentations and other outcomes of the funded project.
Previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grant Awards greater than $10,000 must have subsequently submitted external grant/fellowship application requests that total at least $15,000 before another award may be granted for funding from the Enhancing Humanities, Exploratory Social Science or Global Synergy Grants programs.
Number of Awards:
Budgeted at a total support of $150K per year from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the program will fund up to six projects annually. Each grant will be for one calendar year. The budget for each project will be between $25K and $75K.
Allowable Expenses:  
Faculty may request funding for a wide variety of research expenses. In particular, funds may be requested for summer salary, for travel to research sites, or to archives with unique collections for the artist’s expenses in mounting an exhibition or preparing for a performance, for payments to undergraduate research interns, or for graduate research assistant support.  
No funds will be provided for faculty salaries during the academic year. Funds may be requested for the expenses of participation in workshops or conferences that are necessary for conducting the proposed research and for discussion or dissemination of the outcomes of the research.
Deadline: Monday, October 14, 2019; 11:59 PM
Submission Process:
The application will be submitted as a single PDF file via InfoReady (which is accessible by clicking the on the APPLICATION INTERFACE link below). Please write your proposal as a draft Word document in advance of starting the submission process. The sections of the proposal are listed below. 
Before submission, please present a draft of your proposal to your department head, and get his or her approval in writing. When you are ready to submit your proposal, upload an electronic copy of the approval message into the body of your draft document, in order with the rest of the materials. NOTE: Head approvals may be copied from the original email (including the head’s signature/name line) if necessary. When you are ready to submit, save the entire document as a PDF.
The application should include the following information:
Project Title
PI Name, Rank/Title, Department, and Expertise Area
Co-PI Name(s), Rank(s)/Title(s), Departments, and Expertise Area(s)
Short Bios or CVs for PI (and Co-PI or PIs, if applicable)
Proposal body (maximum 30,000 characters - including spaces)
Abstract (maximum 1,500 characters)
Motivation/Significance (maximum 4,000 characters)
Scientific Literature/Literature Review (maximum 6,500 characters)
Research Questions or Goals (maximum 1,500 characters)
Description of Work to be Accomplished (maximum 5,000 characters)
Deliverable(s) (maximum 2,500 characters)
Team Qualifications and Responsibilities (when >1 investigator) (max 2,500 characters)
Work Timeline (with Dates and Descriptions) (maximum 1,500 characters)
Bibliographical References (maximum 5,000 characters)
Department Head Approval Letter
Amount of Funding Requested
Budget Table (provided)
Budget Justification (provided)
Future Work Description
Grant Sources to be Solicited in the Future
URL of Future Grant Solicitation (if available)
APPLICATION INTERFACE (Online InfoReady Application Form)
*Before submitting an application, please make sure you have updated the Primary Organization and Secondary Organization fields in your InfoReady User Profile!* (Update Instructions)
Budget instructions:
A budget worksheet and budget justification field will be embedded in the body of the form.
To facilitate your drafting work, the following two documents demonstrate what to expect when you complete the form.
Also, this Budget Calculator can be used to determine the numbers for the budget.
For more budgeting information, view this CLA Internal Budgeting Workshop Video presented by Jessica Williams, Pre-Award Specialist III, of Sponsored Program Services.
For help related to the grant application process contact Mike Hicks, CLA Grants Coordinator, at mahicks@purdue.edu or 765-494-3666.

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