Research and teaching seed fund

Photo Credit: Kate Farqhuar

Photo Credit: Kate Farqhuar

Due December 23, 2017

Description:

PPEH invites faculty to apply for grants from the Research and Teaching Seed Funding in support of projects that speak to the Program’s four core commitments:

1) Broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative inquiry across the arts and sciences

2) arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts

3) public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns

4) the creation and growth of “living archives” via practices of “urgent collection.” 

These seed funds are meant to support initiatives which may still be in their early stages but could grow into opportunities for student involvement in the environmental humanities, including both coursework and research. Proposals that work toward building new courses in environmental humanities are particularly welcome. The funds may also be used to develop public engagement tools and/or innovative research projects. For example, they may be used for conference support, specialized student or pedagogical projects, civic or community collaborations, exhibitions, and/or digital projects. They may also be ideal for faculty developing longer-term projects capable of attracting external funds. 

Funds:

Awards will be made in increments of $3,000 and paid as faculty research funds. Multiple awards can be made to team proposals, especially those that pursue distant interdisciplinarity with faculty across divisions and schools. 

Applicants should submit one-page narrative proposals and an itemized budget to the PPEH Managing Director, Paul Farber (paulf@sas.upenn.edu) by December 23, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by a broadly interdisciplinary committee chaired by the Faculty Director. Announcements of awards will be made by mid-January.  All funds must be spent by December 31, 2018.