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NEH Challenge Grant

In 2011, The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant to develop programs that will advance collaborative, interdisciplinary research and model methods for collaboration among scholars in the humanities. With this infusion of funds, we will incorporate two new integrated initiatives into our core programming: Research Collaboratives and Scholars on Site. These initiatives align with the University’s current institution-wide Strategic Planning for Excellence initiative and connect directly with the incentives for research collaboration that are accepted components of the University’s new comprehensive capital campaign.

We can now announce that the private match to the Challenge Grant has been met in its entirety.  We have raised the $1.275 million required to match the NEH grant of $425,000. We have a new endowment of $1.7 million for the new programs in collaborative humanities research.

This unprecedented award of a third Challenge Grant of $425,000 and required private match of $1,275,000 provides us with a $1,700,000 endowment to underwrite two new programs: Research Collaboratives and Scholars on Site. These programs will put the Hall Center at the forefront of collaborative research and make KU known as a place for innovative humanities research. They will transform the way research is undertaken in humanities disciplines, and create public scholarship that meets community needs and demonstrates the relevance of the humanities to the public wellbeing.

About the Programs

Research Collaboratives will support collaborative projects among KU faculty members, graduate students, and outside research partners. The objective of the Research Collaboratives is to seed viable projects that will 1) produce tangible research results, such as preliminary data, conference or symposia proceedings, co-authored texts, or prototypes for digital projects, 2) generate models for best practices in collaborative humanities research, 3) provide mentoring in collaborative research methods, 4) validate alternative dissemination strategies, and 5) be sustainable over the project life cycle by virtue of their ability to attract external funding and/or long-term institutional support. Collaboratives will be open to scholars at any level.

Scholars on Site will support research and program collaborations between KU faculty and community-based organizations, allowing KU faculty members to work “on-site” with community partners. The objective is to create public scholarship that will 1) support community priorities and outcomes through the joint conceptualization and execution of humanities research projects; 2) demonstrate to community organizations and their constituents the relevance of the humanities to local communities and, by extension, to the public good; 3) encourage development of undergraduate and graduate curricula based on models of community-based research; and 4) generate and demonstrate best practices in the area of outcome-based humanities-community research collaborations.

Scholars on Site is now available to applicants.

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