Office of the Vice President for Research
Book Subvention Requests/Up to $2000
Deadline: Before the final manuscript goes to press
Recognizing that the cost of publication of scholarly books sometimes falls at least partially on the shoulders of the scholar, the Office of the Vice President for Research does accept requests for subventions to cover a portion of these costs, especially for items essential to the production of the book such as obligatory press subsidies or permissions. Generally, the maximum award will be $2,000. Cost sharing from the applicant’s department and college is encouraged.
The Book Subvention Program is open to fulltime University of Iowa tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical faculty, research scientists, research engineers, associates, and other staff members for whom research and scholarship are assigned as one of their primary job responsibilities.
1. Your request: Write a letter in which you
- state the title of the book and the name of the press that has agreed to publish it.
- briefly describe the book and its importance to the field.
- indicate how much total subvention funding the press has requested and the reasons the press needs the subvention. Indicate how much you are seeking from the Office of the Vice President for Research. Indicate any other pending or confirmed sources of UI and external funding.
- indicate how many copies of the book will be printed and the anticipated price of the book.
- briefly explain why the press is an appropriate press to publish your book. Briefly describe how the press has advanced important scholarship in your field and list some recent relevant titles that the press has published.
2. Attachments: Attach a copy of
- the contract to publish your book.
- reader reports.
- (if the subvention need is not detailed in the book contract) a memo or a bill from the press to you specifying the amount and need (e.g., photographs, permissions, etc.) for the subvention funds.
- Forward the application to your DEO for a signature endorsing the request, and to indicate any department financial contribution. The DEO also may choose to comment on the importance of the book to the field and/or the importance of the book to your academic career.
- Have your DEO forward the application and DEO endorsement to the Dean for the Dean’s signature and endorsement and to indicate any collegiate financial contribution. The Dean also may choose to comment on the book’s importance to the field and/or your academic career.
- The Dean should forward the application and endorsements to Ann Ricketts, Assistant Vice President for Research, Office of the Vice President for Research, 201 Gilmore Hall.
Direct questions to Ann Ricketts, Assistant Vice President for Research (firstname.lastname@example.org, 335-2119).