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
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
FY15 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Topic Areas: Acupuncture, Advanced Prosthetics, Burn Pit Exposure, Cardiovascular Health, Congenital Heart Disease, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, Healthcare-Acquired Infection Reduction, Hepatitis B, Hydrocephalus, Integrative Medicine, Metals Toxicology, Mitochondrial Disease, Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration, Osteoarthritis, Pathogen-Inactivated Dried Plasma, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Psychotropic Medications. Respiratory Health (excludes lung cancer and mesothelioma), Sleep Disorders, Vascular Malformations, Women’s Heart Disease
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Clinical Trial Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Discovery Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Focused Program Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Investigator-Initiated Research Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Reminder: New NIH biosketch format effective May 25th, 2015
The new NIH Biosketch format will take effect for applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. Key changes include:
- Extending the biosketch page limit to 5 pages
- Allowing PIs and researchers to include up to four references in their personal statement
- Allowing researchers to describe up to five of their most important contributions to science
- Allowing researchers to include a link that provides access to a full list of your published work
Kathy Blazar, interim director at our Cleveland Health Sciences Library, has prepared a power point presentation that can help you navigate the new format: http://www.case.edu/chsl/library/NIHBiosketch.pptx.
Additional points to consider:
If you have questions about the process, please contact Kathy Blazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Investigators need to update their personal profile on eRA Commons
- Public access compliance need to be up to date
- All non-CWRU, most especially international, collaborators must also be compliant if they are named as key personnel.
NSF CAREER Workgroup
Faculty members planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award are invited to participate in a new writing group being formed for support, accountability and feedback. The group will meet at the Office of Faculty Development on Tuesdays through June 30 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Cleveland Room, Thwing Center West.
Email FacDev@case.edu to join, or call Amanda Shaffer for more information at (216) 368-8874.
NEW Limited Submission: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program
Key Deadlines: June 15, 2015 (CWRU internal LOI), November 1, 2015 (Sponsor Deadline).
The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by funding fundamental, high-risk research in two specific areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. CWRU may submit two proposals per funding cycle: one (1) in Medical Research and one (1) in Science and Engineering Research.
Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.
Grants of up to $1 million over 3 years are awarded for projects in science and engineering research and medical research that:
- Focus on basic, early stage, emerging areas of research, not on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.
- Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.
- Have few, if any, peer groups pursuing comparable or related work.
- Have high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm.
- Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem.
- Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies. Provide specifics. If you've been declined federal funding, provide the documentation stating why, if available.
- Demonstrate that the W. M. Keck Foundation's support is essential to the project's success.
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
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