Proposals due Monday, February 8, 2016
This grant is intended to advance digital scholarship initiatives that enhance or create new ways for faculty to engage in digital scholarship with students outside of the classroom. Humanities and social sciences faculty interested in this grant should apply for the Mellon Digital Summer Research Grant. These grants are aligned with the University’s digital scholarship initiative, whereby teaching and research are enhanced, extended, or reconsidered through application of technology. These grants are competitive; thus submission of a proposal does not insure an award. Awards will be given for either new initiatives or digital projects underway. Priority will be given to those who have not received outside grant funds or previous Bucknell funds to support this digital scholarship work. Funded projects will receive travel and supplies support during the course of the research project. In the subsequent academic year, students and faculty research teams will be eligible to receive travel support to present the results of their work at conferences. Faculty receive a stipend of $500. Students are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $3,000 and are provided on-campus housing (subject to appropriate withholding taxes). Off-campus as well as on-campus research project proposals will be considered. All funded projects will involve collaboration with a DP&S staff member
Untenured and tenured faculty are eligible. Faculty in the last year of an appointment are not eligible. One may apply for a digital summer research project grant in addition to another type of scholarly development grant (e.g. FDC, Summer Research Session, or Jamie Hendry Sustainability Studies), with the understanding that each of these is competitive.
Please review your application carefully prior to submission. Applications that do not include all information requested below will not be considered. Potential applicants are required to consult with a DP&S staff member prior to finalizing the proposal. Address questions regarding expectations of the proposal to a DP&S staff member.
To apply for this grant, please submit the following information by Monday, February 8, 2016 using the online application form.
1. Fill in a Cover Sheet that asks for the following information:
- Title or short description of your project
- Expected outcomes (digital artifact, research article, book, conference presentation, work of art, etc.)
- List of previous Bucknell grants applied for, including year of application and whether the proposal was funded
- List of any previous or upcoming sabbaticals or UTFLs
- List of other internal and/or external funding sources you currently have available, or for which you are applying
2. A Project Proposal, to be attached in .pdf format. Limit the body of the proposal to four single-spaced pages (12-point font, reasonable margins), although appendices may be included when appropriate. The proposal must include the following subsections:
- Project Description: Describe the content of the current or planned project. The description should include a description of the proposed practices and tool-use that will develop through this integrative redevelopment process.
- Rationale: Clearly identify how you will define learning outcomes for student information literacy and/or technological competency in connection with your project. Include a statement about how you imagine using the completed project in your own scholarship or teaching.
- Work Plan: Include an estimate of the number of days or weeks you expect to devote to this project during summer 2016, details about the scope of student researcher work and a projected schedule or timeline, and outline a work plan that includes regular meetings with a DP&S staff member.
- Other Summer Professional Commitments: Your commitment to the research project is essential to its success. Include a description of your other summer professional commitments (summer teaching duties, summer chair duties, research projects, consulting obligations, independent study supervision, etc.) and the amount of your time each commitment is expected to take.
3. Chair’s letter of endorsement. As part of the application process, your department chair or program director will submit a letter of endorsement. To be helpful to the Selection Committee, the letter of endorsement should explain why the proposed project is significant and provide the Committee with a context within which to evaluate the proposals. Department chairs/Program directors who are themselves applying should ask a colleague to write this letter. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the proposal to the chair/director (or faculty member writing this letter) at least five working days before the deadline so that s/he may write an informed letter of endorsement. Chairs/Directors will submit the letter no later than the proposal deadline.
Evaluation of Proposals
Proposals will be evaluated by the Faculty Development Committee, supported by DP&S representatives. In evaluating the merit of proposals, the Committee will consider first and foremost the quality of the proposal. The Committee will also consider time demands associated with other summer commitments and the impact those time demands may have on the ability to complete the project within the two-month period. Potential applicants are urged to consult with a DP&S staff member if in need of guidance in writing the proposal.
Grant recipients are expected to continue to develop and enhance this project over the next two-three years.