The Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants, a GC Digital Initiatives program supported by the Provost’s Office, provide financial support to doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center as they design and develop digital scholarship that makes a clear contribution to the GC’s research, teaching, and service mission. Since 2012, the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants have supported a range of inventive projects across the disciplines, including: an online, open-access, crowdsourced database of mentor relationships within the field of writing studies; an app to support street medics and promote health and safety among activist communities; and a computational analysis of Cold War diplomatic history. This year, three types of grant opportunities are available.
Deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday, October 18, 2019
Training Grants, Start-Up Grants, and Implementation Grants support individual Ph.D. students through travel, training, and project support. Award recipients will be expected to have participated in all activities for Training Grants, and to have completed all work on projects for Start-Up and Implementation Grants by Summer 2020.
Training Grants are awards of up to $500 to support travel, daily expenses, and/or registration for students to attend workshops, boot camps, or short courses in digital skill development, or to participate in unconferences, code sprints, or hackathons. Students will be expected to write a short blog post about what they learned and may be asked to consult with future applicants who are considering similar training event or activity. Training should not be duplicative of opportunities offered through the GC or CUNY.
Start-Up Grants are awards of up to $4,000 to support the planning and creation of a digital project by an individual or a team. Projects may include the creation of new computational methods or techniques for a particular field of study, including research, preservation, pedagogy, or public-facing scholarship. They also could include the development of a prototype, wireframe, or best practices model for continued research. Successful applicants will be asked to share a description of their project on the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant website and to write a white paper upon completion of the grant that will also be published on our website. Additionally, grantees will be expected to present publicly on their work in progress during the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes presenting at the 2020 Digital GC Showcase in May and participating in occasional collaborative meetings and discussions with current and past grantees.
Implementation Grants are awards of up to $6,000 to support the continued development, growth, and deployment of an individual or team project that has successfully completed an initial start-up phase. These projects may need continued funding in order to be refined for public audiences. They may need additional resources to make a tool presentable to an academic audience or to improve the design of an early prototype based on feedback and evaluation. Implementation Grants should offer some form of innovative approach to a recognizable challenge in the applicant’s scholarly field. Successful applicants will be asked to share a description. on the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant website and to write a white paper upon completion of the grant that will also be published on our website. Additionally, grantees will be expected to present publicly on their work in progress during the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes presenting at the 2020 Digital GC Showcase, and participating in occasional collaborative meetings and discussions with current and past grantees.
We encourage students to consider connecting available resources at the Graduate Center in their project design and proposal where appropriate. For example, students may consider applying to the New Media Lab to reserve workspace (https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/get-involved/student-application/).
GC Digital Initiatives is committed to the use, development, and support of open source technologies and open access to scholarly materials as a practice in generous academic citizenship. Preference is given to projects that create, participate in, or make use of open source tools where possible.
To Apply: Send a single PDF file containing all parts of the application to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant Proposal” and the type of grant (“Training Grant,” “Start-Up Grant,” or “Implementation Grant”) to which you are applying in the subject line of the message.
Applications are due on by 5 PM on Friday, October 18, 2019. All applicants must be current Ph.D. students in good standing.
Proposals for Training Grants must include the following sections:
- Applicant information: name and full contact information, including email, mailing address, **CUNY First ID**, and phone number where we can reach you;
- Type of training you propose to attend: title, website, time, date, and location of the training or activity to be attended;
- Abstract: a one-paragraph abstract summarizing the type of training or other activity that the applicant would like to use funding to participate in and how it will be useful to the student’s continued pursuit of research goals;
- Narrative: A 1-page description of the training or other activity that the applicant would like to participate, an explication of how the skills will further the applicant’s research goals, why the training could be useful for scholars in the applicant’s particular field, and ways in which the applicant’s participation could be made useful to other students at the GC. Please also describe any further research activities, papers, or scholarly work that would be made possible by participating in the proposed activity;
- Budget (max $500): a detailed account of travel, registration, housing, or other expenses related to attending the event.
- A short CV
Training Grant proposals should not exceed 3 pages.
Proposals for Start-Up or Implementation Grants must include the following sections:
- Applicant information: name and full contact information of the project lead (who must be a doctoral student at the GC in good academic standing) including email, mailing address, **CUNY First ID**, and phone number where we can reach you;
- Abstract: a one-paragraph abstract summarizing the innovative contributions of the project;
- List of Participants: a list of participants involved in the project (include title/affiliation for each participant)
- Narrative: a 1-2 page description of the nature and goals of the project and the work that has already been completed (if any)
- Work plan: a brief roadmap of planned activities with a timetable tied to project goals;
- Budget Justification (max $4,000 for Start-Up or $6,000 for implementation): an explanation of how and why funds will be spent on particular activities, services, or purchases (funds can be used for any aspect of the project but must be justified in this section)
- Name and contact information for faculty contact: Please include the name, title, department and campus affiliation, phone number and email address for one faculty member who is familiar with your project and can speak to its merits [Note: This has changed from previous years.];
- Appendices: Short CVs of major project participants and any ancillary material.
Parts 1-6 of Start-Up and Implementation grant proposals should not exceed 10 pages.
Proposals will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee according to the following criteria:
- Articulation of the project’s goals, values, and deliverables for a non-specialist audience;
- Scholarly excellence and innovation of the project;
- Contribution of the project to the development and promotion of the mission of the CUNY Graduate Center;
- Contribution of the project to the larger scholarly community and to the public;
- Evidence that the project staff has requisite skills and knowledge to complete the project;
- Proposed funds do not duplicate available resources or training currently offered through the Graduate Center or CUNY;
- Projects that involve sensitive or potentially sensitive personal data of human subjects should demonstrate familiarity with IRB requirements and/or plans to submit projects for IRB approval through appropriate CUNY protocols;
- Likelihood that work can be accomplished within the proposed budget and time period.
- Given the GC Digital Initiatives’ strong commitment to open-access scholarship and free software platforms, preference is given to projects that use or create open-source tools and that focus on making work publicly accessible.