Scholars of Humanities and Arts Research and Education
The Office of Humanities at MUSC is open for submissions to the Scholars of Humanities and Arts Research and Education (SHARE) grants program to provide financial support to MUSC faculty and staff who develop projects that bring the arts and humanities together with the health sciences. Across the nation and the world, the arts and humanities are recognized as central to the mission of academic health science centers to prepare empathetic, person-centered health care providers and biomedical scientists—and to give current providers tools for self-care and resilience. The MUSC Office of Humanities wants to provide funding to a variety of teaching, scholarship, and research projects that aim to foster skills in critical thinking, analysis, observation, reflection, and communication through the arts and humanities. We also seek to support projects in which the arts and humanities improve patient outcomes. We welcome project proposals that support these goals as well as the broader MUSC Imagine 2020 strategy to put patients and family members first, foster diversity and inclusion, build healthy communities, and create opportunities for innovative education. Teams that include an MUSC student from any program as an active member (not necessarily as lead investigator) are particularly encouraged to apply.
Health Humanities and Arts-in-Healthcare Research
Two areas of study may be of interest to potential applicants. The medical or health humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study in which the arts, humanities, and social sciences are applied to issues of health and health care. Within this field, the visual and performing arts, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, rhetoric, history, ethics, law, and other disciplines are used to investigate health and health care. Arts-in-healthcare researchers have found that engagement with the arts can improve the patient experience and impact patient outcomes; additional research may enhance this body of evidence.
Examples of Health Humanities Projects:
- Conduct a literature review of the benefits of art therapy among breast cancer patients.
- Create a visual tool to address health literacy needs of pediatric caregivers.
- Research social determinants of health in a community through a PhotoVoice project.
- Develop a teaching unit that requires students to interpret a patient or caregiver experience through the creative arts.
SHARE Grants for MUSC Faculty, Staff, and Students
Open to all MUSC students, faculty, and staff interested in conducting teaching, scholarship, or research in the arts and humanities to investigate issues related to health, health care, and/or biomedical science. Students must have a faculty sponsor willing to accept transfer of funds and oversee the project through their department/college. Faculty who take on this role are encouraged to provide students guidance in writing a competitive grant proposal.
Applicants may request any amount up to $1000 per project. Please request only the amount you need so that we can fund as many projects as possible. Provide a detailed budget to justify expenses. Funds will be transferred directly to award recipient’s department. Funds cannot be used to purchase food.
Submission of Application and Award Period
Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. Award recipients have one year from the date of the award to submit a 2-page letter describing outcomes and the plan to disseminate those outcomes.
Required Application Materials
1. One-page project summary that includes the following:
a. Brief description of arts/humanities activity to be conducted.
b. Specific aims that indicate how the project does one or more of the following:
i. Adds something innovative to MUSC students' education; OR
ii. Improves patients' experiences and/or outcomes; OR
iii. Supports self-care and resilience among MUSC providers; OR
iv. Contributes to the body of arts-and-health research.
c. Project timeline
d. Project Methodology (include items from list below that are relevant to your project.)
iii. IRB status (if applicable)
iv. Measurable Outcomes (qualitative and/or quantitative)
e. Detailed Project Budget
f. Plan for disseminating results
2. Letter of support from applicant's current Department/College Chair or Supervisor.
Note: All grants must be in compliance with the MUSC policies and guidelines. Once funds are transferred, grant recipient bears all responsibility for adhering to these policies and pursuing any necessary permissions, including those from the IRB.
The most successful candidates will do the following:
- Design a project that aligns with other projects conducted nationwide in the medical/health humanities or arts-in-healthcare research.
- Include a clear description of project's aims and methods.
- Describe the project's connection to one or more of MUSC's Imagine 2020 goals.
- Provide clear justification for budget.
- Provide a clear and specific description of how outcomes will be measured and/or information will be disseminated.
- Have a strong letter of support from department/college chair or supervisor.
**Although we seek to include students in SHARE grant projects, a proposal that is particularly strong but that does not involve an MUSC student will likely be successful over a proposal that involves students but does fulfill all the above criteria.
How to Submit
Starting in Fall 2019, SHARE Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submit your application directly Lisa Kerr via email at email@example.com.
We are happy to discuss your project with you prior to application, to pair you with a humanities mentor/collaborator if needed, or to put you in contact with others who can provide you guidance about IRB, etc. For more information, please contact Lisa Kerr, Director of the Office of Humanities at firstname.lastname@example.org.