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OVPRED/HI Research Funding in the Arts and Humanities

office of vice president for research and economic development ub university buffalo logoDEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 (12:00 pm EST)


UB’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) in conjunction with the Humanities Institute offers research funds under a 2-year term. These non-sponsored SUNY Research Foundation funds can be used for a variety of project-related expenses with the goal of generating applications for external funding within three years of the start of the award. Two levels of funding are granted at the discretion of the selection committee:

  1. The higher tier of funding provides up to $10,000 and the added benefit for one awardee of release from teaching obligation for one course, for one semester, with course replacement funds going to the awardee’s home department.
  2. The lower tier of funding will provide up to $5,000 to the recipient, and do not include teaching release.

With an outward-looking approach to the role of the Humanities on campuses and in the community, OVPRED/HI seek to promote the research and execution of projects that engage/benefit the general public with humanities-based conversations, performances, interactions (digital humanities), and spaces.

While the Humanities Institute seeks to distribute financial support as widely as possible, one may hold a research funding award and an HI Faculty Fellowship at the same time.

How to Apply

OVPRED/HI Research Funding in the Arts & Humanities is available to tenured and tenure-track UB faculty. Applications and Chair Agreement Letters must be submitted by Wednesday, January 10, 2024 via the online application form. CLICK HERE to go to the form.

Applications must include:

  • Project abstract (200-word maximum)
  • Four- to six-page, double-spaced project description, which includes:
    • Explanation of project and its significance;
    • Names and deadlines for at least two external fellowships or grant opportunities to which the applicant will apply;
    • Budget for use of research funds, and description of how the funds will help improve the project’s chances of winning an external funding;
  • CV of no more than three pages;
  • Disclosure of amount and source of other UB research funds and explanation in the budget of why OVPRED/HI Research Funding is also needed;
  • Signed form from the applicant’s department chair indicating the chair’s agreement to have the department administer the research fund. CLICK HERE for the department Chair agreement form.

Application Restrictions

  • No current member of HI’s Executive Committee may apply for OVPRED/HI research funding.

Selection Criteria

Research Funding Awards will be based on the following criteria, from most to least important:

  • The impact the research funding will make on the project’s potential to secure external funding;
  • The quality and potential of the research project or creative activity;
  • The degree that the proposed project relies on public humanities or digital humanities approaches and methods, although projects not based in either of these will be given serious consideration;
  • The quality and completion record of previous research projects and scholarly publications;
  • The proposal’s ability to communicate the importance of the project beyond the applicant’s home discipline.

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc panel of UB faculty invited by the Humanities Institute’s Executive Committee.  The panel will make funding recommendations and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make final funding decisions.

Terms of Award:

  • Open to tenured and tenure-track UB faculty.
  • Awardees receive funding through a non-sponsored projects SUNY Research Funding account, with the awardee listed as the Primary Investigator and administration support provided by the home department (Chair and Assistant-to-the-Chair), usable for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2025.
  • Funds may be used for one or more purposes that advance research and creative activity.  Examples include:
    • Travel to collections
    • Site-specific fieldwork and data-collection
    • Translation of key texts
    • Specialized equipment, studio space
    • Research assistance
  • Applicants will identify at least two outside fellowships or other funding opportunities to which they will apply within two years of the start of funding.  Awardees will submit fellowship narratives or proposals to HI as proof of grant application submission.
  • A one-page status report will be submitted to the Humanities Institute at the end of the first year of the award period (December 2024).
  • Awardees must participate in the peer critique portion of HI’s annual External Grant Writing Workshop
  • Awardees may reapply as soon as they can demonstrate need.

2022-23 Awardees

Tier 1 Funding

Ndubueze Mbah (Assistant Professor, History) | “Rebellious Migrants: Forging Abolition, Cosmopolitan Identities, and Postcolonial Spaces in West Africa, 1840s-1960s”

Tier 2 Funding

John Fiege (Assistant Professor, Media Study), “The Middens”

Judith Goldman (Associate Professor, English), “HOW(ever) & How2 Digital Archive Project”

Ariel Nereson (Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance), “Abolition Imaginaries: Universities, the Arts, and the Afterlives of Slavery”

2021-22 Awardees

Tier 1 Funding

Erin Hatton | “Working for Rehab: Labor, Addiction, and Salvation in Substance Abuse Treatment”

Tier 2 Funding

Christian DiCanio | “Examining indigenous Triqui voices in translation with folkloric texts and cultural dialogues”

Matt Kenyon | “TIDE”

Cristanne Miller | “New Edition of Emily Dickinson’s Letters”

Edward Steinfeld | “The Public Restroom as a Charged Space”

Paul Vanouse | “Utter”

2020 Awardees

Tier 1 Funding

Neil Coffee | “Tesserae Voyager: Exploring the Universe of Literary History”

Kari Winter | “Democracy and Domestic Terror: Race, Gender, and Competing Aspirations in Early Vermont”

Tier 2 Funding

Jeehyun Lim | “Unforgetting the Korean War”

Paola Ugolini | “True to Oneself: Truth, Sincerity, and Selfhood in Early Modern Europe”

2019 Awardees

Tier 1 Funding

Walter Hakala | “Vernacular Literacy and the Urdu Public Text”

Tier 2 Funding

Eero Laine | “Collaborative Methods and Performance Writing”

Ndubueze Mbah | “Rebellious Migrants: Liberated Africans and Cosmopolitan Identity Politics in West Africa, 1840-1960”

Amy Graves Monroe | “From the Printer’s Press to the Touchscreen: Experiential Learning with Early Modern French Political Pamphlets”

Cristanne Miller | “Marianne Moore Digital Archive”

Alessandro Sebastiani | “Impero goes public. An experimental digital exhibit”

OVPRED/HI Seed Money Awards (former research funding program)

2018 Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

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