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Research Clusters

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) is pleased to announce a call for 2010-2011 Research Clusters.

OBJECTIVE: This program, funded by the UC Humanities Initiative, is designed to encourage and support research in any area of the Humanities. In addition to programming (e.g., conferences, workshops, seminars, visiting scholars), we encourage the clusters to view this as seed funding and to think about ways the cluster can serve as an incubator for larger projects in the future (e.g., edited volumes, the establishment of research centers, NEH Summer Seminars, etc.) and how they can leverage cluster funds to secure extramural funding.


AMOUNT: $3,000 – $5,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Individual senate faculty or groups of faculty from any UCSC Division may apply. While graduate students are not eligible to apply, graduate student involvement in the cluster is required.

DURATION: Funding is awarded on a year-by-year basis, contingent on the availability of funds. Any unspent money on June 30, 2011 will be returned to the IHR. All clusters will have to reapply for funding for 2011-2012.

REPORTING REQUIREMENT: The IHR will expect a final report on July 1, 2011. This report will detail a) the activities of the cluster, b) how the activities impacted the work of the faculty involved and c) whether the cluster faculty applied for extramural funds (if yes, where; if no, why not).

1. Cover sheet containing a) name(s) of faculty principal investigator(s), b) title of research cluster, c) amount requested, e) amount of matching funds, if any.
2. Narrative of no more than 3 pages describing a) the purpose of the cluster, b) the names and affiliations of faculty and graduate students whom you anticipate will be involved and c) projected activities of the cluster
3. Budget
Applications must be submitted electronically (in .pdf format) to ihr@ucsc.edu.

STAFFING: Staff support to the cluster will be included as an in-kind award from the IHR. Staff support includes event planning, program management, web presence, as well as assistance with research and development.


Any questions about the program or the process can be addressed to Nathaniel Deutsch, Interim Director, IHR (ndeutsch@ucsc.edu) or Irena Polić, Associate Director, IHR (ipolic@ucsc.edu).


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