New Ideas in the Humanities

This fund is designed to encourage innovation, as well as scholarship on enduring questions. Faculty members are invited to propose projects that will result in the advancement of a discipline (through the development of new ideas, working groups, conferences, technologies, datasets, and/or expanded access to scholarly resources) and/or a major piece of scholarly work.

PI Eligibility

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members in Division I (humanities) are invited to submit proposals limited to one proposal per faculty member. Other things being equal, preference will be given to faculty members who did not receive funding in previous rounds of this competition. 


Proposers may request up to $50,000 (total) for projects lasting up to two years.  Expenditures may include research assistants, graduate student stipend and tuition (where applicable), postdoctoral researchers’ salary, consultants, publishing charges, materials and equipment, event organization, travel, and costs related to purchasing, curating, or creating data.

Faculty summer salary or release time (semester leave), preparation of textbooks, and course development is not supported through this innovation fund.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

Applications should be brief (maximum three-page project description or project narrative, plus a separate budget page with justification). Applicants are encouraged to use this template for assistance in developing the project narrative, but are not required to do so. The proposal should specifically describe how the funds will be utilized to accomplish the research objectives. The narrative should include a list of other sources of funding received or pending and explain how they relate to the research described in this particular proposal. When developing the project budget, applicants are strongly encourage to work with Jennifer Speed ( Consulting with a staff member in the Office of the Dean for Research, in addition to working with your regular grants manager, will ensure that a prospective budget will have all of the information needed for reviewers to assess the budget as a key component of the proposal.

If relevant to the proposed project, letters of support from collaborators may be included as an appendix to the proposal.

Submission Information

Submit proposals as a single PDF attachment via email to

Review Criteria

Proposals will be judged on the basis of quality (the soundness and persuasiveness of the concept and the elegance of the design), originality (how the proposal brings new ideas together to suggest surprising outcomes) and potential impact (the ways in which the proposed activity will shift thinking in the field toward new methodological or topical directions or the ways it will help address important questions in the area of scholarship). The proposal template is provided to assist faculty in developing their submission; the committee will not use adherence to the template as a review criteria. A faculty committee will review the proposals and make funding recommendations.

Call for Proposals

  • Dates
    • Proposal submission deadline: January 10, 2022
    • Funding could start as early as: April 15, 2022
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