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Public Discourse Project (PDP) – Call for Research Proposals, UConn Faculty Only

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Important Dates:

Letter of intent due: 1 September 2016

Invited application due: 15 October 2016

Announcement of awards: 15 November 2016

 

Fellowship award period: funds will be disbursed by the end of Fall semester, 2016; funds are to be spent over the course of AYs 2016-17 and 2017-18.


 

Guidelines and Application:

Award Description:

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, as part of its Academic Plan-funded Public Discourse Project, is offering competitive seed money for faculty initiatives in the humanities that seek to research the nature of, and barriers to, meaningful public discourse. Seed money awards are intended as initial support of such initiatives and are not to exceed $15,000. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for pursuing external funding. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams. Potential areas of funding interest include the following (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Public discourse on divisive social issues
  • Historical roots of various barriers to meaningful public discourse
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Social justice
  • Civil discourse, its practice, limits and critics
  • Theory-practice partnerships for engaged research

Public Discourse Project Overview:

The UCHI Public Discourse Project addresses the question of how to achieve meaningful public discourse in an increasingly divisive culture. This Project aims to understand the nature of such discourse, the historical and sociological barriers that preclude its realization, and the personal and cultural conditions—such as open-mindedness and tolerance—that must be present in order for it to flourish. It aims not only to address the sources of our cultural division, but to do something about it: to combine academic research and community engagement toward the goal of replacing partisan acrimony with constructive debate. In so doing, the Project will build on UConn’s reputation as a center of excellence for interdisciplinary work on these topics, and establish the Humanities Institute as a preeminent leader in both public and digital humanities research.

Application Procedure and Timeline:

Applying for UCHI Public Discourse Seed Money awards requires the following:

1. Letter of Intent (due 1 September 2016), 1 page describing

  • Title of the project
  • Name and department of the PI(s)
  • Envisioned goals and outputs/deliverables of project
  • How project furthers research on the nature of, and barriers to, meaningful public discourse
  • Estimated funding request

2. Invited applications (due 15 October 2016) consist of the following components:

3. Cover page (1 page) stating

  • Title of the project
  • Name and department of the PI(s)
  • Requested funding amount

4. Project narrative (2 pages, single spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt font) detailing the

  • Goals of the project
  • How those goals address those of the Public Discourse Project
  • How those goals will be pursued
  • Names and roles of participants
  • Expected outcomes and/or deliverables
  • Plans for seeking external funding
  • Project timeline describing completion of project goals and outcomes

5. CV (2 page) of Principal Investigator(s)

6. Budget

  • Awards will not exceed $15,000

Please submit materials electronically in pdf or Word doc. to pdp@uconn.edu.

Important Dates:

Letter of intent due: 1 September 2016

Invited application due: 15 October 2016

Announcement of awards: 15 November 2016

Fellowship award period: funds will be disbursed by the end of Fall semester, 2016; funds are to be spent over the course of AYs 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Questions and requests for more information are encouraged and should be directed to pdp@uconn.edu.