Humanities Open Book: Unlocking Great Books
A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books.
Over the past 100 years, tens of thousands of academic books have been published in the humanities, including many remarkable works on history, literature, philosophy, art, music, law, and the history and philosophy of science. But the majority of these books are currently out of print and largely out of reach for teachers, students, and the public. The Humanities Open Book pilot grant program aims to “unlock” these books by republishing them as high-quality electronic books that anyone in the world can download and read on computers, tablets, or mobile phones at no charge.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are the two largest funders of humanities research in the United States. Working together, NEH and Mellon will give grants to publishers to identify great humanities books, secure all appropriate rights, and make them available for free, forever, under a Creative Commons license.
The new Humanities Open Book grant program is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.
“The large number of valuable scholarly books in the humanities that have fallen out of print in recent decades represents a huge untapped resource,” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “By placing these works into the hands of the public we hope that the Humanities Open Book program will widen access to the important ideas and information they contain and inspire readers, teachers and students to use these books in exciting new ways.”
“Scholars in the humanities are making increasing use of digital media to access evidence, produce new scholarship, and reach audiences that increasingly rely on such media for information to understand and interpret the world in which they live,” said Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is delighted to join NEH in helping university presses give new digital life to enduring works of scholarship that are presently unavailable to new generations of students, scholars, and general readers.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will jointly provide $1 million to convert out-of-print books into EPUB e-books with a Creative Commons (CC) license, ensuring that the books are freely downloadable with searchable texts and in formats that are compatible with any e-reading device. Books proposed under the Humanities Open Book program must be of demonstrable intellectual significance and broad interest to current readers.
For more information:
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMSo8CqJnBg&x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534
Review the program guidelines: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/humanities-open-book-program
Limited Submission Reminder: American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes
Key Deadlines: March 2, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), July 1, 2015, 8:00pm EST.
To accelerate the research needed to discover solutions and ultimately cure this deadly epidemic, the American Diabetes Association has launched a bold initiative, Pathway to Stop Diabetes, to inspire a new generation of diabetes researchers. Pathway will provide crucial support to individuals focusing on innovative ideas and transformational approaches that will lead to ground-breaking discoveries in diabetes prevention, treatment and cures.
Pathway will support creative scientists early in their diabetes research careers, or investigators who are established in other disciplines but would like to expand their focus to diabetes research. Through awards of $1.625 million over the course of up to seven years, the program will provide researchers the freedom, autonomy, time and focus needed to explore new ideas.
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
NIH Postpones New Biosketch Format Requirement until May 25, 2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that a new biosketch format will be required for all applications submitted for FY2016 funding, and will be required beginning May 25, 2015. Originally, the requirement was to go into effect beginning January 25, 2015, but in response to input from the research community, the mandatory change in format was postponed.
The NIH has been piloting a planned modification of the biosketch since June 2012. The new format increases the page limit from 4 to 5 pages and increases the number of peer-reviewed publications from 15 to 20. The new format allows investigators to include a link to a complete listing of their publications in SciENcv or My Bibliography.
Visit the NIH website under the heading “Additional Format Pages” to obtain templates for the new biosketch format: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm.
Local Assistance Available with New Biosketch Formatting
Contact Kathy Blazer, Interim Director, Cleveland Health Sciences Library, (216-368-1361 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in having Kathy conduct a departmental information session, or to answer individual questions.
Review the Health Sciences Library's slide presentation at: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
Research Best Practices Day 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413
Registration is now open for "Research Best Practices Day 2015". This annual event is open to the entire research community. Each year, several topics are presented by our local experts as part of CWRU's ongoing training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). We encourage faculty, staff and students to attend one or more of the sessions that are applicable to their research. Please join us for a day dedicated to enhancing research practices at Case Western Reserve University.
Research Misconduct Cases - The Insiders' Stories
Join us for a panel discussion about the research misconduct process. Hear from CWRU's Research Integrity Officer, someone who inadvertently discovered misconduct and reported it, the chair of several research misconduct committees and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Each has a unique perspective, and you are sure to learn many "best practices" that will be useful in your own research career.
Peer Review - The Insiders' Stories
In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from a 14-year veteran executive editor of a peer reviewed journal and a frequent federal grant reviewer. Each will provide his or her perspective on what to consider in order to improve the likelihood of a successful submission.
The Informed Consent Process - Tips and Tactics to Increase Privacy and Decrease Complexity
In this session, we will discuss ways in which the privacy of research participants can be enhanced. In addition, we will explore how to create an effective informed consent form and process with reduced complexity.
Register for one or more sessions at: http://research.case.edu/Education/Onlinecalendar.cfm.
Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Third Frontier
The Ohio Development Services has announced the latest RFP for the Ohio Third Frontier’s Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) program. The goal is to create greater economic growth in Ohio based on start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other Ohio not-for-profit research institutions. The Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund has been designed to support protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need known validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance both their commercial viability and ability to support a start-up company, and support Ohio start-up and Ohio young companies that license these validated/proven technologies from these Ohio research institutions.
Key dates for CY2015 Cycle 1 include:
Written Questions through April 2, 2015
Technology Transfer Office Qualification Document due by 2:00 P.M., April 2, 2015
Proposals due by 2:00 P.M., April 9, 2015
Review and Award approximately Summer 2015
For more information visit the Ohio Development Services Agency webpage.
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