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Phase 2: Project Support

The Project Support phase is an opportunity for eligible Fellows to put what they’ve learned in the first phase of the fellowship, the Studio Experience, into practice with an ambitious public engagement project. 

Eligible Fellows may develop plans for a publicly engaged project and then submit a proposal for funding and in-kind support for that project from the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Featured Projects

There are now thirteen engaged projects that have received support from the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship. Projects undertaken in Phase 2 highlight the range of public engagement opportunities, from translating current research for specific audiences to deepening research agendas with community partners and leveling up creative scholarly practice. You can find out more about a few of these projects below.

Humanizing the Numbers at the Detroit Historical Museum

Faculty Lead: Isaac Wingfield, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Ann Arbor

PEFF Cohort: 2020

Professor Wingfield partnered with the Detroit Historical Museum and participants in the Prison Creative Arts Project to create a full-scale exhibit featuring photographs created during participatory workshops held with men who are incarcerated. The exhibit, on view in spring of 2023, showcased the invisibility of the prison system as well as the humanity of those who are incarcerated there. 

Imagine A World In Which We Can All Breathe

Faculty Lead: Sarah Peitzmeier, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor

PEFF Cohort: 2021

Professor Peitzmeier is working with Maia Kobabe, author of Gender Queer, to create an online evidence-based zine based on Professor Peitzmeier’s research around chest binding in trans and nonbinary individuals. Zines have a long and rich history in LGBTQ+ communities, and this zine aims to be a resource for trans and nonbinary people about how to bind safely and effectively. The zine was recently picked up by a Penguin Random House imprint to publish in an expanded form as a book. 

Blueprints for the U-M Housing Policy and Research Center

Faculty Lead: Roshanak Mehdipanah, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor

PEFF Cohort: 2020

Professor Mehdipanah studies the intersections of health and housing, particularly the idea of housing as a social determinant of health. Her project involved the early planning and development for a community-engaged research center focused on regional housing policy, with the intent to pursue larger funding and grant proposals in the future. The project helped lay some of the foundations for the current Housing Solutions for Health Equity initiative. 

Project Support Timeline

Eligible Fellows may propose a project for Phase 2 support during any annual funding cycle after they have successfully completed the Studio Experience. 

Proposing a project for Phase 2 involves a three-stage development process:  

  1. Attend at least one project consultation with the PEFF admin team by September 15.
  2. Submit a full draft proposal for feedback from the PEFF admin team by October 15. 
  3. Submit a final proposal for formal review by December 15. 

Faculty will receive notification about their proposal decision no later than March 1, with project funds disbursed shortly after for selected projects.

Project Support Details

Budget requests for FY25 are capped at $15,000. Examples of allowable expense categories include but are not limited to:

  • Funding for students to support your project
  • Honoraria and other forms of payment for partners external to the university
  • Supplies, materials, and other physical resources necessary to the project 
  • Travel associated with project activities 

Faculty may also request in-kind support from the PEFF admin team in areas such as public communications efforts, connecting you and/or your partners with others who can help support your project, and project management. 

Selected projects are capped at 5 each fiscal year. 

Additional details can be found in the Phase 2: Project Proposal Guidelines