Call for proposals 2023-24

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30th November 2023 ***

Sussex Digital Humanities Lab (SHL Digital) is an interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the University of Sussex that investigates the interactions between computational technology, culture, society, and the environment toward more sustainable and just futures for all.logo with text 'Sussex Digital Humanities Lab call for proposals'

Our 2023/24 call for project proposals invites submissions from individuals, teams, or networks across campus whose work falls within one or more of our research clusters: critical digital humanities and archives; AI, computational society, and culture; experimental ecologies; and creative computing and play. We are particularly interested in projects which cover one or more of the following topics/areas:

  • Critical digital humanities and archives: The role of critical race theory in digital humanities and archives; the role/application of a feminist ethics of care to archiving, and/or digital cultural heritage work more broadly; collaborative approaches to digital archiving and digital cultural heritage. 
  • AI, computational society, and culture: Use of historical datasets in AI driven technologies: methods to develop ethical AI systems; understanding how AI is shaping society; cultures of AI and automation; techno-social AI imaginaries; pilots to apply AI in novel domains or innovative ways that bolster social and environmental justice; creative AI. 
  • Experimental ecologies: Role of digital technologies in understanding and healing humanenvironment relations and addressing environmental issues: the role of data and digital methods in surfacing and integrating different forms of knowledge; sustainability focused innovation and experimentation at the intersection of arts, data, and ecology; the sustainability of digital technologies and practices.
  • Creative computing and play: Digital or computational arts, craft or design that sit within Digital Humanities enquiries, explorations, and innovations. Research areas include but are not limited to: music technology, creative coding; improvisation and liveness including live coding, media archaeology, robot performance, aesthetic programming; creative data perceptualisation; game design and development; queer and/or critical game studies new instruments and social art practice. Outputs can be in the form of – naming a few - performance, art installation, exhibition, research methods, data or/and collection.

Applications are open to support the development of teams or networks to work on innovative research questions, methodologies, ideas, and approaches which broadly relate to our remit.

Multidisciplinary teams are particularly encouraged and will be prioritised. Applications should work towards preparing the groundwork for a proposal to be submitted for external funding in the medium to long term. Successful applicants will be linked with the Centre’s support team and wider networks to enable this central aim.

What are we looking for?
Our objective is to nurture cross-university multidisciplinary teams who will develop future medium to large scale proposals to a variety of national and international funders and contribute to the Centre’s thriving research environment and its future sustainability.

Who is eligible?
This call is open to University of Sussex researchers at any stage in their careers and across all disciplines. It is not necessary to be a current SHL member.

What we offer
Up to £2,000 to develop networks, ideas and approaches, pilots, or proof of concept activities. Higher amounts will be considered if fully  justified. We are flexible on what you can use it for, but it must lead to the development of a proposal for external funding. You can use the funds for direct costs such as:

  • Partner costs: to cover travel costs to bring colleagues to Sussex for in-person brainstorming/ bid drafting meetings (sustainable travel, and only when necessary)
  • Event costs
  • Research Assistance
  • Software developer time (e.g. to create a prototype as a proof of concept)
  • Specialist software
  • Equipment, consumables, participant fees
  • Cost of interpreters in the field

Estates and Indirect costs, permanent staff time, and teaching replacement are not eligible costs.

Expected outputs and commitments:

  1. Present during SHL research week (week commencing 24th June 2024)
  2.  Submit a short report of how the funds have been spent, demonstrating / illustrating how it has helped further the work towards a proposal for external funding (by 31 July 2024)
  3.  A blog post for the SHL research blog to be submitted to (by 31 July 2024)
  4. Grant submissions which arise from this engagement should be flagged as an SHL bid. 


Call opens: 1st September 2023 

  • Deadline: 31st October 2023  EXTENDED to 30th November 2023
  • Decisions: 7th November 2023  7th December 2023
  • Project start: 1st December 2023 Early January 2024
  • All funds allocated must be spent and all invoices / receipts received by mid-July 2024.

Any Queries please email