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The Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHIB) invites proposals for funding in two categories:

  • Funding for Working Groups
  • Funding for Individual Summer Projects


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Funding for Working Groups

Funding for Working Groups is intended to support sustained interdisciplinary collaboration in an area of digital humanities research. The maximum award under this program from the 2008-09 budget is $3500, with the possibility of a further $1500 commitment from the 2009-2010 budget for exceptionally strong projects.

Funding categories and suggested support range

  • Stipend for programmer or designer supporting group work ($1800)
  • Stipend for graduate student assistant ($1200)
  • Onsite training ($1200)
  • Speakers ($500 - $800)
  • Software / licensing ($200 - $300)
  • Expert consultation ($200 - $500)

What kind of activities will be supported?

  • The preparation of a digital archive
  • Digitization and mark-up of a substantial text collection
  • Organization of a series public lectures and/or workshops
  • Dissemination of the results of research
  • Publication of an online journal
  • Development or enhancement of software for scholarly analysis in a humanities field

What restrictions apply?

Faculty summer salaries are not funded, and hardware purchase is ordinarily not funded. Students receiving support through DHIB funds must be in good academic standing and making timely progress toward degree. Expenditures budgeted from the 2008-2009 budget must be submitted according to the year-end schedules established by the Controller and published in April. For some categories of expenditure, the actual deadline will be well in advance of the June 30th end of the fiscal year. Different deadlines apply, and DHIB cannot honor requests for reimbursement for expenses not submitted in accordance with the deadlines. Rail and air travel expenses must be booked through departmental travel accounts (using the State CTA) and will be reimbursed by the DHIB up to the amount of the award. Working Groups will be required to maintain an up-to-date page on the wiki and to publicize their events to the DHIB community via the listserv and other appropriate channels. Funded groups will ordinarily be expected to produce a tangible academic output, for example in the form of an IRDF or external funding proposal or in the form of a working paper (possibly to be ultimately published) describing the group's results which will be posted on the DHIB website. Funded groups which do seek external funding are expected to identify DHIB as a recipient of a percentage of overhead and to designate DHIB as a sponsor in their publications and on any resulting digital products.

Who is eligible for DHIB Working Group Funding?

Groups consisting of (1) at least two regular full-time tenure-line faculty (including library faculty) in the humanities and related disciplines who were on staff as of January 1, 2009 and will be on staff during the 2009-10 academic year, (2) at least two other participants who may also be regular tenure-line faculty from UB, affiliated scholars from other institutions, or professional staff from UB; normally a group should include at least one graduate student at UB. The lead investigator will serve as mentor for any graduate students and be responsible (directly or through his/her departmental staff) for management of the award.

What are the required elements of the application?

  • a three-page narrative describing the proposed work of the group and its implications for humanities scholarship
  • a one-page budget (including any combination of allowable expenditure categories)
  • a one-page narrative budget justification
  • a one-page list of project personnel (include CVs in the appendix and indicate present and pending grant support)
  • a one-page summary of work completed with any previously awarded DHIB funds

Funding for Individual Summer Projects

Funded activities will be carried out during summer 2009, with all expenditures to be made by June 30th. The purpose of the funding is to permit the initiation or continuation of digital humanities projects by individual scholars or small teams. The maximum award under this program is $2400.

Funding categories and suggested support range

  • Stipends for graduate students working on a project under a faculty mentor/applicant ($1200)
  • Training and travel support ($1000 - $1500)
  • Conference registration and travel support ($500 - $700)
  • Software / licensing ($200 - $300)
  • Expert consultation ($200 - $500)

What kind of activities will be supported?

  • The collaborative digitization / editing / mark-up of materials by graduate students working with faculty applicants
  • Attendance at digital humanities conferences or training sessions
  • Design and production of a digital platform for dissemination of humanities research or primary materials
  • Computer-facilitated analysis of primary materials
  • Others

For a list of previously funded projects, visit the Member projects page.

What restrictions apply?

Faculty summer salaries are not funded, and hardware purchase is ordinarily not funded. Students receiving DHIB summer stipends must be in good academic standing and making timely progress toward degree. Expenditures budgeted from the 2008-2009 budget must be submitted according to the year-end schedules established by the Controller and published in April. For some categories of expenditure, the actual deadline will be well in advance of the June 30th end of the fiscal year. Different deadlines apply, and DHIB cannot honor requests for reimbursement for expenses not submitted in accordance with the deadlines. Rail and air travel expenses must be booked through departmental travel accounts (using the State CTA) and will be reimbursed by the DHIB up to the amount of the award. Funded activities must take place by August 20th, 2009. Beneficiaries of Summer Funding will be required to post a one-page summary of their work to the DHIB wiki by that date, and to give a presentation during the 2009-2010 work-in-progress series.

Who is eligible for DHIB Summer Funding?

Regular full-time tenure-line humanities faculty (including library faculty) in the humanities and related disciplines who were on staff as of January 2009 and will be on staff during the 2009-10 academic year may apply for a project support stipend for a student, training, travel, conference, consultation, and software support, individually or in any combination of categories. Graduate students may be funded independently for training, travel, and conference support, and they may be eligible for summer stipends requested by faculty PI. Exceptionally, graduate students may be funded for stipends to work on their own projects, provided that the application for support is submitted by a faculty sponsor (professorial or librarian) who agrees to be responsible to serve as mentor and collaborator on the project.

What are the required elements of the application?

  • a two-page narrative describing the project and its implications for humanities scholarship
  • a one-page budget (including any combination of allowable expenditure categories) clearly divided into 2008-09 and 2009-2010 budget years
  • a one-page narrative budget justification
  • a one-page list of project personnel (include CVs in the appendix and indicate present and pending grant support)
  • a one-page summary of work completed with any previously awarded DHIB funds

How and when should applications be submitted?

Completed proposals for both funding categories should be submitted via e-mail sent by February 10th to DHIB. Awards will be determined by a panel appointed by the DHIB Steering Committee and consisting of representatives of the Steering Committee and the membership at large who have no conflict of interest, representatives of the Dean's office and other humanities faculty / librarians and support specialists. The panel will exercise discretion in determining award amounts and may award partial funding. Results will be announced by February 20th.

What questions will the review panel ask?

  • Is the project feasible within the resources and on the timeline proposed?
  • Does the project make a valuable and original contribution to the field?
  • Is there evidence of engagement by all participants?
  • How likely is the project to have an impact on digital humanities on this campus?
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