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September 20th, 2017

Association for Computing Machinery’s History Committee: Call for Research Project Proposals

The Association for Computing Machinery’s History Committee invites proposals for research projects related to ACM’s professional and educational activities and/or to ACM’s rich institutional history including its organization, publications, SIG activities, and conferences.  We will support up to four projects with awards of up to $4,000 each.  Successful candidates may be of any rank, from graduate students through senior researchers.  To Apply: Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 500-word project description that [a] describes the proposed research; [b] identifies specific ACM historical research materials, whether traditional archival collections or online historical materials (oral histories, digitized conference papers, ACM organizational records, et al.); [c] discusses project outcomes (e.g. journal article, book or dissertation chapter, teaching resource, museum exhibit, website); [d] outlines a timeline for completing the project; [e] agrees to write a one-page blog entry during the project and, on completion, to promptly report the project’s results. In preparing a proposal, applicants should examine the document “ACM Research Materials” as well as “Sources for ACM History,” (CACM 50 #5 (May 2007): 36-1.

Other research materials relating to ACM history may also be used.  Applicants should include a short letter of endorsement from their institution or an external scholarly reference. Proposals are due by 1 March 2018.  Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf-format document to history-webmaster@acm.org. Notification of awards will be made in 6-8 weeks.

Previous Results: Since 2009 ACM HC has supported 25 research projects.  Results include the recent edited volume Communities of Computing: Computer Science and Society in the ACM (ACM Books 2016; DOI 10.1145/2973856).  ACM HC also sponsors workshops in oral history methods and archiving practices.