Rapid Prototyping Grants are for focused design and development interventions to help a project get started or to add an innovative feature to an existing project. These grants are intended to produce prototypes in the truest sense of the word: something that is the first of its kind and is a working model rather than a production-ready version. Example project asks include requests for a single view of an interface, a visualization, or high-level mockups.
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The grants are structured around three one-week engagements among Digital Humanities Lab staff and the recipient(s) that cover the following phases of a project: requirements drafting, design, and development. For projects that only need design or only need development, the award timeline would be adjusted accordingly.
Requirements Document This stage is all about articulating and confirming the deliverable that will be built. During this stage, the recipient commits to meeting with the Lab team once at the beginning of the week to review the Lean Canvas and Ideation forms that accompanied the application. A second meeting will be required at the end of the week to sign off on a wireframe that will depict the requirements of the project. The recipient's signature is required before work will advance.
Design During the design phase, the Lab will iterate on different views of the application based on the signed wireframe. The recipient commits to meeting once during the middle of the week to review mockups and select one finalized mockup to be implemented.
Development In this final phase, the Lab will build the deliverable based on the design from week two. The recipient commits to meeting once during the middle of the week for an update on the work and to consult on any questions that have arisen.
By the end of the grant, recipients will have both the agreed-upon project feature and also experience with the production workflow that underlies many digital humanities projects.
The application cycle is currently closed. Once it is open, an "Apply Here" button will appear below that will take you to a brief form that asks for the following information:
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas in advance of the application deadline, please email the DHLab to set up a meeting.