The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project is providing small grants to spur Frankenstein-related activities across all aspects of Arizona State University. Any member of the ASU community is eligible to submit a proposal, which may be for any amount up to $5,000 (inclusive of ERE and fees, see below). Grants must be for projects completed or implemented prior to the end of the bicentennial year of 2018, ideally between January 2018-October 2018. Proposals should take advantage of the transdisciplinary and transmedia nature of the Frankenstein phenomenon. Projects should be for a public audience and promote a deeper reflection on the work of Frankenstein and its enduring relevance, with a particular focus on one or more of these “animating questions” at the heart of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project:

  • What is life?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What are our responsibilities as creators?

We are pleased to announce the award recipients of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Small Grants Program!

Ben Hurlbut and Gaymon Bennett, “What Makes a Monster? An Exploratory Dialog Among the Makers”

Jeffery Meyer, “Frankenstein2: an Evening of Musical Perspectives on Frankenstein”

Micah Lande, “A Really Modern Day Prometheus: Collaborative 3D Printed Bust of the Creature”

 Karla Moeller, “Building Frankenstein: A Physiology Game”

Pamela Winfrey, Carlo Maley, and Athena Aktipis, “This Beautiful Monster: Cancer Across Life”

All 5 awards are being asked to participate in a coordinated event tentatively scheduled for Fall 2018, so stay tuned to this website for updates!

Proposal Contents

Summary of the work to be done (no more than 1000 words)

  • Clear, contained description of the project, including promotional plan if applicable
  • Clear summary of anticipated outputs, outcomes, and audience
  • Explanation of why these funds are necessary for the project
  • Explanation of any funding opportunities for which this may serve as seed or pilot
  • Description of any matching funds related to this proposal/project

Bibliography (if necessary)
Budget, with justification
Current NSF-style (2 pp max) CV for each applicant

For all Projects


The grant will be awarded only once, in early Fall 2017

  • Submission deadline is 5 PM Friday 25 August 2017 (local AZ time)
  • Award announcement: 11 September 2017
  • Funds will be transferred to an appropriate account or receipts reimbursed, depending on the project and the awardees
  • All rights to project outputs should be Creative Commons

Requirements for Awardees

  • For public events, awardees must share event information with IFIS staff 4 weeks before event date to help with promotion
  • Awardees will expected to complete a one-page final report, which should address the following questions.
    • What did you do with your award?
    • What kind of audience received the project?
    • How did it advance the overall goals of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project and its animating questions?
  • Any needed hiring of students or staff must be done by awardee’s home unit.
  • Total award amount must be inclusive of salary/wage fringe benefits (ERE), if any, and ASU’s Administrative Service Charge (ACS) fee of 8.5%.Funds may be used immediately upon deposit into your research account.


Any ASU faculty, students or staff are eligible.

Proposal Submission Form

Download FBP small grants application cover page (.docx)

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals

The principal criteria will be creativity, educational and/or community impact, and relevance to the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

What can the funds be used for?

  • Materials and supplies (including software and hardware if well-justified)
  • Student workers, inclusive of undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral researchers
  • Required travel, including funding visitors for speaking or workshop roles
  • Data collection
  • Venue rental and set-up
  • Advertising (if well justified)

There are restriction on how the funds can be used. For example, funds may not be used for publication fees, conference travel, or alcohol.


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