[MGSA-L] Apply to the MGSA Innovation Grant: upcoming deadline, April 1

MGSA exec. director mgsa.org at gmail.com
Mon Feb 28 18:27:39 PST 2022


MGSA Innovation Grant Biannual Submission Deadlines: October 1, April 1

This grant, intended for the enhancement of Modern Greek Studies projects,
provides monetary support to institutions of higher learning and other
professional nonprofit organizations to support conferences, workshops, the
digitization of research materials and other web-based educational
projects, as well as other activities that promote Modern Greek Studies
(including those of the Greek diaspora).

Granted on a competitive basis, several grants are typically awarded per
academic year. Individual awards will range from $500 to $1,000. For longer
term projects that are particularly valuable to the field, applications for
a second or third year of funding will be considered.  Preference may be
given, however, to applications that are proposing new, innovative
projects. Applications for support of individual activities will not be
accepted.

Individuals submitting applications on behalf of an institution must be
current members of the Association and should submit a brief proposal
outlining their project in detail (approximately 1-2 pages). The following
questions should be answered in the proposal. *Applications that do not
address each of the questions will be regarded as incomplete and not
considered for funding.*

   - Please provide a detailed overview and rationale of the proposed
   project.
   - What are the anticipated benefits of the project to the field of
   Modern Greek Studies? How will the proposed project contribute to or
   advance a topic, area, or field in Modern Greek Studies and beyond?
   Applications that address this question in detail will receive special
   consideration.
   - Briefly provide a justification for the appropriateness of your
   institutional venue for this project as well as the timeline for the
   proposed activities.
   - Please provide a brief budget narrative describing how the funds will
   be used.

Applications should be submitted electronically to Vangelis Calotychos
<mgsa.org at gmail.com>, Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies
Association.

If awarded an MGSA grant, all publications related to the project,
including emails promoting and reporting on the event, as well as any
future project(s) that may ensue from the activity, must include the
following statement acknowledging MGSA co-sponsorship:

*“Funded in part by the Modern Greek Studies Association (with the MGSA
logo)”*

Finally, applicants and/or their institutions must also submit a closing
report of no more than 500 words to the MGSA Executive Director, Vangelis
Calotychos, within six months of the activity’s completion. The report may
be publicly disseminated by the MGSA on its website, through the *MGSA
Bulletin*, or other media.
MGSA Innovation Grant FAQs:

Who is eligible to apply for an MGSA Innovation Grant?

   - To apply for an MGSA Innovation Grant, you must be an MGSA member. To
   join the MGSA or to renew your membership, please visit
   https://www.mgsa.org/About/memb.html.
   - Applications must be made for institutional or organizational use.
   Applications for support of individual activities will not be accepted.

I teach or work outside of North America. Am I eligible to apply for this
grant on behalf of my institution, which is abroad?

   - Yes, if you are an MGSA member, you may apply for this grant.

I am not a tenure track faculty member. May I apply for this grant?

   - Yes, anyone who fulfills the eligibility criteria is invited to apply,
   including part-time and full-time faculty in adjunct, tenure track, and
   tenured positions, as well as graduate student instructors, librarians,
   staff, and other people who work in education-related institutions.

Can the grant be applied retroactively for a project I have already
developed?

   - No, only future projects or current projects with future dimensions
   that are in the planning stages are eligible.

I currently serve on an MGSA committee. Am I eligible to apply for this
grant?

   - All members of the MGSA may apply. However, if a member of the MGSA
   Innovation Committee applies for a grant, that person must step down from
   the selection committee and a new committee member will be appointed to
   replace them during that round of the competition.

I am a past recipient of the MGSA Innovation Grant (previously MGSA
Innovative Initiatives Grant). May I apply again?

   - Yes, you may apply again, either with a new proposal or for the
   renewal of an ongoing proposal.  Particularly valuable, longer-term
   projects may receive up to three years of funding.  Please note, however,
   that preference may be given to institutions that have not received grants
   recently.

What kind of information should I include in my grant proposal?

   - In a proposal of 1-2 pages, make sure you address all four questions
   found here <https://www.mgsa.org/Initiatives/innovation.html#req>.

Can the budget include a stipend for instructors?

   - Instructional costs, as well as the development of course materials or
   the development of new courses, are not eligible for funding.

Does the grant allow for the purchase of food or beverages?

   - If funds are required to support hospitality needs associated with a
   highly innovative project, the request will be considered.

Am I required to coordinate my application with my institution’s research
office?

   - While the MGSA does not require such coordination, if there are
   institutional requirements on your campus, you should follow them.

How do I submit my proposal?

   - Applications should be submitted electronically to MGSA Executive
   Director Vangelis Calotychos at the following email address:
   mgsa.org at gmail.com

What is the timeline for this grant?

   - The committee typically meets within two weeks of the submission
   deadline and the results of the competition are typically announced within
   one month.

What is expected of successful applicants?

   - Successful applicants must ensure that all publications related to the
   project, including emails promoting and reporting on the event, as well as
   any future project(s) that may ensue from the activity, include the
   following statement acknowledging MGSA co-sponsorship:

*“Funded in part by the Modern Greek Studies Association (with the MGSA
logo)”*

   - They must also submit a closing report of no more than 500 words to
   the MGSA Executive Director, Vangelis Calotychos, within six months of the
   activity’s completion. The report may be publicly disseminated by the MGSA
   on its website, through the *MGSA Bulletin*, or other media.

The Selection Process

Following each submission deadline, the Executive Director of the
Association sends all funding requests to the members of the selection
committee for evaluation. The criteria used in making this evaluation
include:

   - innovation of activity
   - appropriateness of institutional venue
   - impact and importance of project
   - anticipated contribution made to the field of Modern Greek Studies

Up to three awards may be granted in the fall application cycle. The number
of awards granted in the fall will determine the numbers of awards that are
available in the spring. If three awards are granted in the fall, then as
many as two awards may be granted in the spring. If two or fewer awards are
granted in the fall, then as many as three awards may be granted in the
spring cycle. Once decisions have been made, the chair announces the
winners of the competition to the MGSA Executive Director and to the
members of the Selection Committee. All applicants are notified in writing
by the chair of the committee.
The Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of three voting members who serve a
three-year term. Committee membership is limited to two consecutive
three-year terms. A new chair must be appointed every three years. The
three members of the committee must reflect the diversity of the MGSA in
terms of gender, academic standing, and academic interests. The chair of
the committee must be a member of the MGSA Executive Board. The other two
members must be current members of the Association but not of the MGSA
Executive Board. The committee is appointed by the chair following the
first meeting of a new Executive Board in the fall and assumes its duties
on January 1 of the following year. It continues to serve for three
calendar years. In cases when a member of the committee has conflict of
interest, a temporary member will be appointed to the committee for the
voting cycle in question.


https://www.mgsa.org/Initiatives/innovation.html
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