Conway receives seed grant from Mellon Foundation consortium

Paul Conway

Associate Professor of Information Paul Conway has received a planning grant from The Global Midwest initiative of Humanities Without Walls (HWW) for his project “Exploring the feasibility of a digital collections aggregator for the Great Lakes region.”

Working with recent MSI graduate Alix Keener and current MSI student Corinne Vieracker, Conway will examine the viability and potential of developing a digital aggregation service that can be adopted for use in digital library holdings across the Midwest region. 

The seed grant is part of a $3 million initiative by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a consortium of 15 humanities institutes in order to allow cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students to pursue research that focuses on a grand challenge: “The Global Midwest.”

The cooperative effort is intended to stimulate collaborative research that rethinks and reveals the Midwest as a key site—both now and in the past—in shaping global economies and cultures.

The HWW consortium is led by the University of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and is comprised of the 13 institutions that belong to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)—Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University; and the Universities of Chicago, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin-Madison—plus the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Humanities centers at each HWW member institute received $30,000 of seed money to sponsor a project, or a number of projects, that contribute to the understanding of the Midwest in a global perspective. In addition to Conway’s project, the U-M Institute for the Humanities distributed awards ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 to five other projects representing a variety of disciplines across the University.

Conway’s planning grant is the first step in putting together a successful grant in a competitive process across the 15 universities. These funds are intended to support the development of collaborative proposals for two additional competitions, each of which will draw on $750,000 in consortium funds.

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Posted on July 3, 2014