Mellon Foundation Higher Learning Call for Concepts CFP
The Obermann Center will hold a virtual grant writing workshop for this grant in collaboration with Ann Knudson and Mary Blackwood on Tuesday, April 26 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Please register via Zoom.
This grant application process is a collaboration among the University of Iowa's Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Office of the Vice President for Research, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Mellon Foundation has just announced a new Higher Learning Call for Concepts that invites ideas for research and/or curricular projects focused on any of the three areas outlined below:
- Civic Engagement and Voting Rights
- Race and Racialization in the United States
- Social Justice and the Literary Imagination
These grants are for $250,000 to $500,000. Work should begin January 1, 2023. The work period can be extended for up to three years. Mellon anticipates allocating up to $10 million for this call for concepts; the final number of proposals selected will depend on the number and substance of the submissions.
The Principal Investigator (PI) should be a faculty member or dean in a program or department in the humanities or humanistic social sciences and should have the support of the institution’s senior academic leadership.
For this limited submission grant, the University of Iowa will only be able to nominate three Concepts. At the first stage, any faculty member can indicate an interest in applying by “registering.” At the second stage, applicants will submit Concept papers. From those Concept papers, a review committee will select three to forward to Mellon. In the third and last stage of the process, Mellon will select a round of finalists from “Concepts” submitted by faculty from across the country. These finalists will be invited to develop full proposals this summer.
These guidelines include
- detailed descriptions of the three areas of grant focus,
- a list of which disciplines are eligible, and
- what expenses are and are not allowed.