Who is eligible?
Instructional and Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists (as defined by the University Bylaws, Section 5.01) may apply. While funded through LSA, faculty authors of humanities and humanistic social science books across the U-M system are eligible. Research Investigators, Research Fellows, Lecturers, and students are not currently eligible. Applicants are limited to one award during the five year pilot (2018-2022).
How do I submit an application?
LSA Faculty must apply through the Gateway to Internal Funding (eGIF); faculty from all other units must submit their proposals to LSAResearchOffice@umich.edu. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. One complete PDF (containing all required elements) should be emailed. Received proposals will get a notice of receipt in the form of a reply. All awards are subject to availability of funds.
How will my application be evaluated?
A panel including faculty with representation from LSA, the Institute for the Humanities, and the University Library will review proposals received and provide recommendations. The final decision will be made by the Associate Dean for the Humanities in LSA.
Key considerations during review include:
- Scholarly merit
- Value for the applicant’s own research potential and progress
- Likely impact of this work on the field
- Likely impact of this work on communities outside the academy
- Benefit to, or potential to enhance, the scholarly distinction of the University of Michigan
- Appropriateness of budget provided by publisher
Notification of funding decisions is typically made within 8 weeks of the application deadline. Funding will be released on presentation of a signed publisher contract. Publishers are encouraged to use a version of the model publishing contract to ensure compliance with funding requirements, and authors are encouraged to consult with the University Library’s Copyright Office before signing an agreement.
Funds will be transferred to the set of chartfields designated by the recipient and/or administrator. The recipient is responsible for ensuring good stewardship of funds. All applicable University policies and procedures must be followed. A condition for successful completion of the award is that a final copy of the publication must be deposited in Deep Blue, the U-M institutional repository.