Appel 2016 | Programme transatlantique de collaboration en humanités numériques

Date limite : 16 mai 2016

La FMSH a le plaisir d'annoncer le troisième appel à projets de son programme de soutien aux humanités numériques.

Grâce à une généreuse subvention de la Fondation Andrew W. Mellon, la FMSH cofinancera des projets de collaboration transatlantique dans le domaine des humanités numériques, et plus particulièrement de la « philologie numérique». À ce jour, les  financements dans ce domaine ont été surtout limités aux collaborations entre pays européens. En finançant les projets collaboratifs entre chercheurs américains et chercheurs européens, le programme FMSH-Mellon soutiendra les chercheurs qui veulent renouveler le domaine des études littéraires à travers les outils numériques. Le programme vise à permettre le partage des connaissances et des méthodes, la diffusion des bonnes pratiques et des outils communs, et à faire connaître le travail des chercheurs.

Le programme financera exclusivement les projets de collaboration transatlantique entre les universités américaines et européennes. Il cofinancera jusqu'à 80% du coût total du projet par an.

  • Appel 2016

    Dates importantes :

    • Date limite de soumission des dossiers : 16 mai 2016
    • Annonce des lauréats : Septembre 2016
    • Versement du financement : Octobre 2016

    Avant de soumettre leur candidature, les candidats sont invités à prendre contact avec la FMSH à l’adresse suivante :

    Le dépôt des candidatures se fera via la plateforme en ligne. Les candidats doivent consulter l'onglet Application procedure pour connaître les modalités de dépôt et en particulier la liste des documents à fournir.

  • 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.  

    For information on the platform or in case of technical difficulties, please contact .

  • 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.