2020 - Whiting Public Engagement Programs, 2020-21 cycle

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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs

Whiting Foundation

Whiting Public Engagement Programs, 2020-21 cycle



Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  Partner schools are invited to nominate one humanities professor for each of these two programs-a school may choose to participate in both programs or in only one.


PI Eligibility:   To be eligible for either program, nominees must be full-time humanities faculty at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2019; they must be early-career, which we define as pre-tenure, untenured, or have received tenure in the last five years (that is, at or after the end of academic year 2013-14. This timing refers to the professor’s first receipt of tenure, even if it occurred at a different institution).(Note that full-time adjunct faculty at an equivalent career stage are eligible.)


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit:  2; 1 Fellowship and 1 Seed Grant


Summary:  The Whiting Foundation invites selected schools and scholarly societies to nominate for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship and Seed Grant. These programs are intended to celebrate and empower faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. At their best, the humanities bring to the public the kind of careful inquiry and deep context that enriches our understanding, helps us interpret the world around us, and makes our lives more meaningful. Over time, we hope the programs will help build a diverse community of faculty dedicated to this form of service and underscore just how essential advanced work in the humanities is to the health of our society.


These two programs are entirely separate: aspiring fellows need not have received a Seed Grant, and receiving a Seed Grant does not automatically qualify a grantee for a future Fellowship. Both programs support ambitious projects infusing into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value. The stage of a project will determine the relevant program. We anticipate awarding up to seven Fellowships and up to ten Seed Grants in this cycle.


The Public Engagement Fellowship of $50,000, now in its fourth cycle, is for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway.


The Public Engagement Seed Grant of up to $10,000, incorporated formally for the first time in this cycle, supports projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development than the Fellowship, before the nominee has been able to establish a specific track record of success for the proposed public-facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated specific short-term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to complete them. We anticipate that a recipient might use the grant, for example, to test the project on a smaller scale or to engage deeply with collaborators or the intended public.




March 11, 2019

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. PLEASE indicate Fellowship or Seed Grant.


Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

March 25, 2019

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “;Limited Submission Grant”; from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 shelly.martin@tamu.edu  or 979.862.2233.


April 15, 2019

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

May 17, 2019

Deadline for institutions to submit nominee names by e-mail.

June 14, 2019

Sponsor deadline for nominees to complete the first-round application.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.