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AHI Collaborative Faculty Seed Grant

Application Deadline:  February 15

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Notice of Award: April 1; Earliest Potential Start Date: May 15

Award Amount: up to $10,000

The African Heritage Initiative (AHI) is part of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. AHI is making research funds available to support collaborative research projects being undertaken in summer 2017 or SY2017-18. These grants are intended to support scholarship produced by the University of Michigan’s faculty in the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences whose work illuminates the dynamic, contested process by which African cultures and histories are made. We aim to encourage the development of overlapping, intersecting research projects that bring African scholars into close conversation with U-M researchers.

AHI has supported a range of projects over the years, such as:

  • A collaborative study of opera in South Africa involving faculty at U-M and at the University of Witswatersrand
  • Joint research on the heritage market in post-genocide Rwanda involving a U-M historian and a political scientist at the National University of Rwanda
  • A Museum exhibition in Kano, Nigeria displaying cloth manufactured in the city’s old textile factory jointly curated by U-M and Nigerian scholars

OBJECTIVES FOR THIS SEED GRANT

The aim of these grants is to create a framework within which U-M scholars can develop relationships with African scholars. The hope is that these seed grants will incubate work that can attract larger amounts of funding.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Each proposal must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet as illustrated at the end of this RFA. Other recommended program elements include:

  • Project description (2-page maximum), addressing:
    • Context of the work
    • Specific activities proposed for funding
    • Rationale, noting originality and significance of the work
    • Partnerships (if any), and expected roles of listed participants
    • Plan for continuation of the proposed project
  • Budget (1-page maximum) distinguishing travel, salary, supplies/equipment, and other
  • List of any funding requests under review for the same project
  • Timeline
  • CV(s) of the applicant, listed partners, and students proposed for funding

The cover sheet and additional application materials should be submitted as a single PDF, named “AHI SEED GRANT [YOUR LAST NAME].” The PDF document should be emailed to asc-contact@umich.edu no later than February 15, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered for funding. Applications will be reviewed by AHI Steering Committee members.

SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS

Ranking of applications will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be full-time members of the U-M faculty
  • Projects builds upon existing scholarship, demonstrates originality and innovation, and offers notable academic value
  • Project deepens collaborative partnerships with African counterparts
  • Scope of work is reasonable for 12 to 18 months
  • Project has potential for future expansion / scale up

USE OF HUMAN SUBJECTS

All research projects involving human subjects conducted in connection with this seed grant must have written evidence of compliance with required federal guidelines and approval from an institutional review board (IRB). IRB approvals must be maintained and in effect throughout the project’s connection with the program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDED PROPOSALS
Grant recipients will be required to share an interim progress report halfway through their funding cycle, and will be required to submit a final report to ASC no later than 6 months from the end of their funding cycle. In addition, grant recipients are required to provide a short summary of results for the ASC website.

QUESTIONS
Questions may be directed to Henrike Florusbosch at jflorusb@umich.edu.