Grand Research Challenge: The Global Midwest

Visit the Humanities Withouth Walls - The Global Midwest homepage. From there you can access the application portal, cover sheet, and budget sheet links. All applications are due October 15, 2015.



This initiative is designed to stimulate collaborative research that imagines and positions the Midwest as a key site—now and in the past—in shaping global economies and cultures. Cross-institutional teams of faculty, researchers, and graduate students will have the opportunity to apply for funding to support the work of these innovative teams during fall 2015.

The consortium seeks projects that together result in “radical complementarity” rather than uniformity. These projects will generate original scholarship, but should also create public visibility for the grand challenges facing the Midwest. For example, faculty members might collaborate with public partners—such as museums, performance venues, humanities festivals, state humanities councils and historical societies, public policy centers, environmental organizations, etc.—to produce exhibitions, films, public forums, digital projects, and other means of disseminating their creations and discoveries as well as organizing symposia or conferences, commissioning art works, and publishing in scholarly venues such as book collections or special issues of journals. 

Teams will be able to apply for a portion of a lager $750,000 award that will be available in 2015. Applications will be judged by a steering committee of consortium center directors. Due date is October 15, 2015 for work to be conducted in 2016. Support for this application process is available through Obermann's seed grant program.

This project links the consortial partners in a common commitment to research and dialogue around a set of important, mutually articulated problems of broad public interest. Its principal long-term objectives are to reveal and rethink the Midwest as a major force in this century’s global economy and culture for scholars, policy-makers, government officials, social scientists, and an enlightened public and to demonstrate how the “applied humanities,” through collaborations of artists, scholars in the humanities, and scientists (both social and natural), can contribute to the work on grand intellectual challenges. The initiative may also support Midwest scholars pursuing research questions at a global scale across multiple eras. Research teams must include scholars from at least two consortial institutions. In its design, this pilot project resonates with two previous Mellon Foundation grants to the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes that also organize interdisciplinary research projects around major issues and mobilize teams of scholars in multiple institutions to work on specific aspects of the problems.

For a list of registered Global Midwest projects, visit the Humanities Without Walls Wiki

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (All day)
Obermann Center
111 Church St.
Iowa City, IA 52242