Research Description

Transatlantic program for collaborative work in the field of digital humanities - Call 2016

Deadline : 16 May 2016

The FMSH is pleased to publish the third call of its grant program in digital humanities. Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, FMSH will co-finance transatlantic collaborative projects in the field of the digital humanities.

To strengthen its activity in the broad sphere of Digital Humanities, the FMSH seeks at present to implement a new international program of “digital philology”. To date, funded interactions in this area have been limited to exchanges within Europe. The purpose of this proposal is to create a formal organizational and funding structure for collaboration between the US and Europe in digital literary studies. For too long, Europe's major projects in the digital humanities have been on a different track, as it were, from American projects. The present initiative is intended to help US and European researchers work together in an entirely new way in the field of digital literary studies, to share knowledge and methods, disseminate common practices and tools, and publicize their works.

The Program will support only research projects whose goal is to set up or to strengthen collaborations between US and European universities. It will co-finance up to 80% of the total cost of the research project per year.

  • Call 2016


    • Applications due –  16 May 2016
    • Notification given – September 2016
    • Grant period commences – October 2016

    Before submitting a proposal, potential applicants are encouraged to contact the FMSH: 

    Please consult the Application procedure

    Applications must be submitted electronically via the online application form

  • Application Procedure

    1. Go onto the online application platform and click on “Project workspace”;

    2. Sign in if you already have an account, otherwise create a new account;

    3. Fill in the information required for the “Project manager contact information”, then click on “Create a project”;

    4. Select the call: “Transatlantic program for digital humanities - Call 2016”;

    5. Fill in all the categories of information on your project;

    6. Fill in the information about the project coordinator(s) and team members;

    7. At the bottom of the project information page, upload the following documents as one single PDF document entitled “Transatlantic program for digital humanities – TITLE”. 

    Your application file must include the following documents:

    • Detailed description of the project, including:
      • Project title
      • Duration (from 12 to 36 months)
      • Justification for requested duration
      • Names and full contact details of the coordinator(s)
      • Executive summary of project (no more than 250 words)
      • Proposal narrative (no more than 6 pages) detailing:
        • Status of the relevant research field
        • Scientific context (national and international)
        • Objectives, including :
          • Added value stemming from  the transatlantic collaboration
          • Interdisciplinarity
        • Projected outcomes
    • Estimated budget (in euros) for the project,  itemized by type of activity and per year  
    • Letter of support (signed by a senior university administrator and/or institutional leader )
    • CVs of the coordinators and team members (1-2 pages and no more than 4 CVs in total)
    • Other supporting materials (if applicable)

    7. You can save your application without submitting it by clicking “Save and return later”, or you can submit the application definitively by clicking “Submit the proposal”.

    Incomplete applications or applications that do not correspond to the call will not be taken into consideration.  

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  • Core research topics

    Proposals should address the general problematics delineated by the following list of topics. This list is not exclusive, and other original topics in the fields of digital philology will be considered. Research in the new field will initially be developed along the following axes:

    The analysis of corpora

    Original tools for facilitating the analysis of corpora: technologies for text-mining, semantic searching, research into linguistic structures, and instruments for navigating corpora diverse types and sizes. These tools would, for example, support the comparison of various versions of a text, the detection of reused material drawn from other texts, the discovery of more subtle forms of correlation between texts, and the marking of linguistic and stylistic features.

    The critical electronic edition of a book

    Construction of a model for the critical electronic edition of a book, in TEI format, conducive to specific forms of qualitative analysis. The model book‘s apparatus would include tools for historical contextualization, such as knowledge bases and documents (wikis), for semantic indexation and for the automatic generation of links (linked data). This enhanced conception of the critical book would be anchored in an in-depth reflection on the specific forms and functions of its core components and on the future of academic publishing and thinking about digital libraries and the status of e-texts within them.

    Studies of networked contemporary literary life

    Studies of networked contemporary literary life using both quantitative (applying tools for the analysis of values and trends) and qualitative (organizing an ongoing seminar with current researchers, writers, bloggers and critics of the field) approaches.


    The principles of digital philology and digital humanities contribute to updating educational practices in High Schools and Universities in the fields of the humanities. Digital data and documents and their management and preservation with computational tools are fundamental for the achievement of the dissemination of e-learning practices.

  • Eligibility

    Grants are available to European and US universities willing to set up transatlantic collaborations. The competition is open to senior and junior researchers. The European groups will be asked to co-fund 20% of the total cost (total cost of the project can be up to 50,000 €).  Universities from all Europe and North America are eligible, however for this call, priority will be given to applications originating from the US, Italy, Spain, Greece and France.

    Expenses for which grant funds may be requested include the following:

    • Visiting lectureships
    • Doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships
    • International seminars, symposia
    • Honoraria, travel and meeting expenses
    • Publications

    Coverage of other expenses will be subject to negotiation with the FMSH.

  • Intellectual Property

    All tools will be documented and made available in open source formats and texts will be made available through a Creative Commons License.

    By sharing knowledge and tools, as well as developing common grounds for methodological and epistemological thinking, the Program aims at creating synergies between research programs in the field of digital analysis of literary corpora and digital publishing. The semantic context of the web involves a thorough reflection on the ontologies of digital texts.