We are pleased to announce the establishment the Dorothy Borg Collaborative Grant Program. The purpose of the Borg Collaborative Grant is to prepare for the challenge of studying transnational issues involving the United States and East Asia and to explore new conceptual strategies and themes for understanding the study of US-East Asia through small-scale conferences, workshops, and collaborative research. A central goal is to encourage and support those who might work primarily in either the United States or East Asia to broaden their scope to focus on the transnational and global linkages, as well as facilitate areas of convergence that can be drawn between the fields of East Asia and the study of the U.S.
PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2016-17 grant cycle. The RFP for the 2017-18 grant cycle will be available in January 2017.
Our expectation is that projects supported by the Program will include the use of archives in both the U.S. and East Asia, and promote enquiry that enhances the understanding of American-East Asia relationships, crosses geographic, temporal, or disciplinary boundaries, creates new opportunities for dialogue with the region and/or explores new teaching and research strategies. Funding decisions will be made by the WEAI Dorothy Borg Collaborative Grant Program Committee. This year the Committee consists of Eugenia Lean, Theodore Hughes, Curtis Milhaupt, Madeleine Zelin.
The Committee will give the highest priority to integrated programming initiatives that combine the following elements:
- Create opportunities to bring new research on US –East Asia to the fore
- Collaborate with non-WEAI faculty and other CU units within CU
- Incorporate student activities and/or curricular components
- Cut across disciplinary approaches
(Examples might include a small-scale conference involving faculty and graduate students from EALAC and the film school on the economic and cultural exchange between Hollywood and East Asian film cultures; a lecture series on US-Asian diplomatic relations today; a workshop on Chinese language materials for the study of Chinatowns in North America; or a collaborative project with the Earth Institute comparing the impact of settlements on Mongolian grasslands versus that on U.S. West grasslands.)
All Columbia faculty members are invited to submit applications for funding for projects to be carried out by June 30, 2017 (Academic Year 2016-2017). The guidelines for such applications are as follows:
- Programs should further the efforts of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute to develop collaborative and cross-disciplinary research and teaching. Projects to fund the research of a single faculty member will NOT be considered. Collaborative efforts may be among several faculty members or student groups, with faculty and students in other disciplines or areas, or with scholars in other universities, especially in East Asia. Projects that lay the foundation for long-term development of WEAI resources and facilitate the meeting of new research and teaching goals are especially encouraged.
- Project sponsors should include a plan for securing outside funding for the later development of the project. While it is not always possible, the Dorothy Borg Collaborative Grant Program funding should predominantly be used as seed money to start projects and to provide evidence of Columbia’s commitment in attracting outside support.
- Inasmuch as annual funds are limited, the maximum grant awarded will not exceed $7,000. It is expected that the Committee will not approve all applications and that, in some instances, it will recommend partial rather than full funding of projects, so as to make support available for a number of projects.
- In the event that the Committee does not allocate the full amount this year, funds will revert to the competition pool for future years.
- Proposals should include the following information:
- A brief description of the project, how it upholds the Borg program, and how it will enhance the research, teaching, and exchange efforts of the Institute.
- A timetable for specific elements of the project.
- A reasonably accurate budget. Remember that for every salary included (from research assistant to visiting scholar) you must include 32.5% in fringe benefits for fiscal year 2014-2015 and 30.5% (subject to change) for fiscal years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, which is added on by the University. Tax rules also apply to some honoraria.
- Adequate funding for project staff and/or student-workers, including finance staff, to support the scope of work outlined in the proposal. WEAI cannot provide staffing assistance. Note: funds may NOT be used to offset or augment salaries or to make add-comp payments to full-time Columbia staff and faculty.
- Calculate an ICA of 10% (subject to change) as part of the budget.
- The WEAI encourages any publications resulting from funded workshops or conferences to be submitted for consideration into one of three book series sponsored by the Institute.
- The principal investigators of each project must submit a progress report to the Institute by April 1st of each year in which they receive Borg Collaborative Grant funding support and a final fiscal and narrative report at the end of the project. These reports are mandated by the Endowment Compliance office and will also be used in evaluating Institute activities and goals, in preparing WEAI publicity and reports to donors.
- Proposals for this round should be for projects whose key or initial elements can be largely completed before June 30, 2017. Faculty members with awards or portions of awards that remain unspent after this date will be asked to return the unused amount to the competition pool. The deadline for receipt of proposals is March 31, 2015. The results of the competition will be announced late April 2015.
Mail or e-mail proposals to:
- Kim Brandt
- The Weatherhead East Asian Institute
- Columbia University
- 420 W. 118th St, 914B
- Mail Code 3333
- New York, NY 10027