Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities


Collaborative Arts and Humanities Grant Writing Award


Deadline: CLOSED for FY09


  • Description
  • Eligibility
  • Guidelines
  • Award Options
  • Application

    In order to support a more vibrant grant writing culture in the arts and humanities, the CEAH is pleased to offer the Collaborative Arts and Humanities Grant Writing Award for fiscal year 2009. The application deadline is closed for the fiscal year 2009. This award will fund two tenured scholars/artists from two different arts and humanities disciplines to collaborate on writing an external grant to initiate or continue research on a topic of value to the arts, to design, or to the humanities.

    This $10,000 grant ($5,000 per participant) will provide a full or partial teaching release (dependent upon the cost of the teaching replacement as determined by the faculty member's department) during one semester (2008-09) or, if preferred, provide summer salary support of up to $5,000 for one month of the summer (FY09, July 2008 or June 2009). During the grant writing period, faculty will define their projects, seek appropriate grants, and write applications.*

    Funds must be divided equally between participants.

    The Center will call upon the winners to make a public presentation sponsored by the CEAH in the year following the award. This collaborative presentation should provide information helpful to others, including descriptions of what they learned from the grant writing process itself, a report on the results of their collaboration, and plans for future work. A photocopy of each grant application will be placed on file at the CEAH office to be used as reference materials for future grant applicants.

    *Note: The CEAH office will provide assistance to the recipients of this award by:

  • helping with budgets and clearing materials with the ISU Office of Sponsored Programs Administration
  • critiquing up to 2 drafts of the grant application to determine if language is clear and guidelines have been met
  • providing assistance with final copyediting.

    All tenured arts and humanities ISU faculty are eligible to apply.

    Recipients must be returning to Iowa State University the following academic year. An award will need to be forfeited if the recipient decides not to return to ISU subsequent to award notification.

    Applicants who wish to choose a semester course release option as the award payment method must provide a letter of support from their department chair stating the department's awareness of and approval of this release time and estimate of cost.

    Former award winners of the Center are eligible to be collaborators on these awards at any time; however, the committee may take a faculty member's recent CEAH award into consideration when rating proposals.

    Arts and humanities faculty applying for the Collaborative Arts and Humanities Grant Writing Award are not precluded from applying for a CEAH Fellowship for Scholarship and Creative Activity during the same fiscal year. However, unless both applications are clearly superior to others under consideration, it is unlikely that the committee would decide to fund both proposals.

    State funds are used to support this program, therefore faculty members who wish to apply for the salary award option but have other salary commitments for the summer (teaching or administrative) should contact the Center regarding their eligibility. Faculty members who wish to apply for the summer salary award option and who will receive summer salary support in June or July from another administrative unit may not be eligible for a full award.

    B-base faculty who are teaching during the summer may apply for the salary option, but only if their payment for teaching does not exceed one-ninth of their current academic salary. That is, a faculty member may receive no more than two months of salary from state funds for summer teaching and/or research activities.

    A-base faculty are ineligible to apply for the summer salary option.

    Please contact the Center if you have questions about your eligibility.


    Proposed projects must involve two collaborators, each from a different arts and humanities discipline. Support will be provided for scholarly projects at any stage, including the planning stage.

    Proposals in which the arts and humanities are in genuine collaboration, not one in service to the other, will be ranked highest. Proposals should clearly state the intellectual or creative justification for the project (for example, how the project complements, challenges, or expands current studies in the field(s), and what makes the project uniquely suited for collaborative work).

    Applicants are encouraged to review the evaluation criteria the Center uses to rank proposals.

    Compliance Approval: If the proposal involves animal subjects, human subjects, radioisotope or radiation producing device use, recombinant DNA, animal or plant pathogens, or biological toxins, you must obtain approval from the appropriate Office of Research Compliance administrative review committee(s) prior to the release of the funds.

    Award Options:

    You will be asked to specify your preferred disbursement method on the application form. Each collaborator may elect to take either the semester course buyout or summer month salary option. The total award must be divided equally between participants and may not exceed $10,000. Please review the Eligibility section above, which includes additional information regarding awards disbursed as salary support.

    Course Release Support
    Course release support is the equivalent of one course buyout (up to $5,000/course). Course release support may be used in either the fall semester of 2008 or the spring semester of 2009 with the pre-approval of the applicant's department.
    Advantages: Award money may be used toward course release time in either fall or spring semester.
    Disadvantages: CEAH funds course releases up to $5,000. Some departments may charge more for a course release. If so, the applicant would then be personally required to make up any difference. Applicants should contact their home departments to determine whether this issue would apply to them.

    Summer Salary Support
    Summer salary support is the equivalent of up to one month's salary, plus fringe benefits, up to $5,000 in total. Summer salary support will be paid out in July 2008 or June 2009 (FY09).
    Advantages:Award is disbursed as one payment, and the funds may be used without time or purchasing restrictions.
    Disadvantages:Fringe benefits are deducted and taxes are withheld, decreasing the overall amount of the award.

    Applicants are required to use the electronic application form provided. The text of the form must be typed in 12-point double-spaced type--no exceptions.

    Download the CEAH Collaborative Arts and Humanities Grant Writing Award Application Form (Word)

    Submission: Proposals should be sent by campus mail or hand-delivered to the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (171 Carver Hall) and should include 17 copies of the following:

  • the completed application
  • two-page curricula vitae for both collaborators
  • letters of endorsement for the proposal, and, if necessary documentation of the course release time from the respective department chairs (Department chairs: letters should not exceed one page; please do not rank multiple submissions from your department or program)

  • Please collate and staple copies; do not use paperclips or binder clips.

    Contact the Center staff at 294-1594 with questions regarding the application process.