Global Midwest
2014 Seed Grants

Call for Proposals: 2014 Global Midwest Seed Grants

In the first phase, we would like to support 2-3 working groups of scholars at UW-Madison for an initial two-year period. This is seed funding meant to stimulate research activity and collaboration. Funds may be used to support faculty and student travel, purchase approved supplies, and defray costs related to external visitors, whether potential collaborators within the consortium or others who might help to provide insight into the themes and ideas under consideration. In the second phase, there will be a consortium-wide call for collaborative projects between faculty from at least two of the fifteen members of the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) consortium. (Participants from non-HWW campuses may participate, but there must be at least two HWW campuses represented in each proposal.) Projects that either have a clear timeframe for development, implementation, and conclusion or projects that have the potential for long-term sustainability and impact are welcome.

First phase awards will range from $5,000-$10,000. Second phase proposals can request up to $100,000. Funds can be used to support students, but at this stage may not be used to fund faculty course releases. Ideal projects might include as part of their scope the development of models, including digital models, to manage, analyze, and disseminate information about the history, geography, and culture of the region, past and present, including, for example, the flow of populations, commodities, cuisines, architecture, languages, music, technologies, etc. Other projects of interest could include the historical or cultural study of the midwestern university, focusing, for example, on area studies, agriculture, world languages, comparative literatures, history as a discipline, etc. Projects that develop new mechanisms for communicating research in the humanities to audiences outside of the University are encouraged.

Applications for the first phase were due on May 5, 2014. See below for more information about the application process.

Please include the following components saved as a single PDF and sent to Marrion Ladd at the Center for the Humanities, mmladd@wisc.edu by May 5, 2014 at 5:00PM.

  • CV of principal UW-Madison researcher(s);
  • Description of the project being explored, including a discussion of whether it might reach new audiences or involve digital technologies. (1-3 Pages);
  • Plan for development of ideas and how funds will be used, including a timeline; relation to a second phase proposal; and discussion of sustainability. (1 Page);
  • List of involved colleagues from other universities, noting whether they have been contacted. There is a list of registered projects by members of the consortium available here.;
  • Budget: Include both a seed budget and a draft general budget for a second phase project.