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Book Subventions (SARIF/EPPE)

The UT Humanities Center administers a limited fund from the UT Office of Research and Engagement that provides two kinds of subventions for the publication of scholarly monographs by tenured or tenure-line UT faculty. The intent of this fund is to help tenure-stream faculty defray expenses associated with the publication of a monograph that has been reviewed and accepted for publication by a reputable press. Applications may be submitted anytime during the year, and decisions will be made by the Humanities Center in a timely fashion.

This fund is for books that require subvention money by presses in order to see print in the form necessary to the book’s argument The fund does not fund the preparation of book submissions for consideration by presses; for example, it will not fund costs for typing of manuscripts that have not yet been contracted by publishers.

These book subvention funds also do NOT support

  • the publication of textbooks or journal articles. (Please contact the UT Office of Research and Engagement about their “EPPE Other” grants if you wish to apply for money for the publication of journal articles.)
  • Costs to presses or to editors of essay collections for reprint charges pertaining to previously published articles.
  • Warehousing or shipping fees associated with the monograph.
  • Publisher costs for advertising or for submitting the monograph to review or prize outlets.

We offer two kinds of book subventions: a One-time Publication Subvention and a Three-way Match Subvention for Manuscript Preparation.

One-time Publication Subvention

“One-time Publication Subventions” are meant to help UT research faculty to publish a monograph with a reputable academic press that might be strapped in today's publishing economy. These subventions are for scholarly books contracted or accepted for publication that cannot be published without support from the author. (Corporate “for-profit” publishers usually do NOT qualify for these subventions.)  These subventions do not require matching funds: they are funded as straight grants for the sole purpose of helping a university press or other reputable nonprofit publisher of scholarly books recoup publishing costs.  The grants do NOT support press activities such as publicity for, or warehousing of, books; copyediting; indexing; or submissions to review or prize outlets.

Each faculty application must be submitted to the UT Humanities Center with the appropriate department head's recommendation and all other pertinent materials requested on the required cover sheet, which will review the request. Applications are reviewed for completeness, the status of the publisher, the reasonableness of the publisher's request, and the quality of the project including the impact of the work on the field. The maximum amount of subvention is $1,650, though it is not guaranteed that full amounts of requests will be awarded.

Click here to access application instructions and cover sheet. All applications must be submitted electronically to the UT Humanities Center as one file containing the required cover sheet, all application materials, and supporting letters.

Three-way Match Subvention for Manuscript Preparation

“Three-way Match Subventions for Manuscript Preparation” are meant to help UT research faculty to publish a monograph with a reputable academic press that might find it difficult to fund cover, front matter, or back matter elements of the book. These subventions are for manuscripts that have already been accepted by a publisher but that have elements needing funding beyond the publisher’s support—elements such as indexes, diagrams, artwork or estate permissions, special cover art, or other manuscript preparation costs. (Faculty whose departments do not offer equally split funding should contact the UT Humanities Center for more information.) The grants do NOT support press activities such as book publicity, warehousing of books, or submissions to review or prize outlets.

The maximum amount of a subvention is $1,650, which is split between the applicant’s department, the applicant’s College, and the UT Office of Research and Engagement. Faculty application should include a letter from the head of the faculty author’s department stating that the department agrees to supply 1/3 of the full subvention request. The application should be submitted to the UT Humanities Center, which will review the request; applications are reviewed for completeness, the status of the publisher and reasonableness of the author’s request, and the quality of the project including the impact of the work on the field. It is not guaranteed that full amounts of requests will be awarded.

Click here to access application instructions and cover sheet. All applications must be submitted electronically to the UT Humanities Center as one file containing the required cover sheet, all application materials, and supporting letters.

Subvention funding may be used only while faculty are employed by the University of Tennessee. Faculty who win subvention funding but leave UT employment before using these funds will forfeit the funding.

Click here for other types of SARIF EPPE funding.


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