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Vice President Jorge José invites proposals for New Frontiers in the
Arts and Humanities grants, announces changes to strengthen the
New Frontiers program

October 6, 2010

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Dr. Jorge José

Grants of up to $50,000 to support innovative work in the arts and humanities are available for Indiana University faculty from all campuses. A yearly theme of broad and topical interest provides intellectual focus for the program. The theme for 2010-11 is "The Arts and Humanities and the Sciences: New Partnerships."

After reviewing the New Frontiers program, Vice President José has instituted several evolutionary changes to better enable the program to help faculty members expand their creative and scholarly work in transformative ways. See the cover letter for a full description of the changes; below, a summary:

  • In 2010-11, there will be two funding programs: New Frontiers grants of up to $50,000 (formerly distinguished between New Frontiers, New Directions, and New Perspectives grants) and Exploration Travel Fellowships of up to $2,500.
  • Because one goal of the New Frontiers program is to foster new collaborations among faculty members, proposals from teams of faculty members without a history of funded joint collaboration will receive priority over those from teams who have worked together previously.
  • Recognizing that inspiration does not always strike according to grant deadlines, a proportion of the overall budget will be reserved for use as discretionary New Frontiers funding, based on a consultation, review and recommendation by subject experts.
  • We will work with members of the review committee and faculty members to facilitate revision and same-year resubmission of selected proposals that were close to be recommended for funding.
  • Exploration Travel grant funding up to $2,500 will continue to support national and international travel for scholars and researchers pursuing new and innovative projects in the arts and humanities.
  • In order to encourage a diversity of Indiana University faculty members to explore new and transformative areas of creativity and scholarship, those who have been awarded a New Frontiers, New Directions, New Perspectives or Visiting Visionary grant since January 2008 are eligible only for Exploration Traveling Fellowship grants.

The request for proposals as well as additional information including the online application form are available on the Office of The Vice President for Research Website.