Project Incubator

Call for Applications, 2022-2023

The Digital Scholarship Lab is excited to open the Call for Applications for the 2022-2023 Project Incubator Program. We are accepting proposals through Monday, October 31st.

The application questions are available for view in this document. Apply using this form.

About the Project Incubator Program

Do you have a project idea that you can't seem to get off the ground? Do you need access to specific technologies or consultations with experts? Are you past the prototype phase on your project and need help getting to the next step? The Digital Scholarship Lab Incubator Program supports transformative research projects at these critical junctures and shepherds them to the next phase.

Benefits of the Incubator Program include:

  • Guidance using a project lifecycle management framework that includes planning, defining roles on, delivering, and closing your project
  • Specific advice on applying workshop materials and concepts to your project
  • Access to the DSL Extension, including co-working rooms, high performance computers, and specialized equipment
  • Coordinated access to Library colleagues with relevant expertise - we will facilitate lab and library colleagues’ inclusion on project teams, subject to their availability and interest

Digital scholarship projects most likely to be accepted will meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Early-stage or transitional/transitioning projects, especially: those without grant funding, and/or projects with a completed prototype that need help moving to their next step
  2. Projects that depend on technologies only available in the lab, that also rely to a significant extent on lab staff or librarian expertise

While the Incubator hopes to meet in person in the Digital Scholarship Lab as much as possible, we will work with all cohort members to ensure their safety and comfort during the Incubator.

Proposals must be submitted by the end of the day Monday, October 31st, 2022. All applicants will be notified by Friday, November 4th, 2022.

The application questions are available to view in this document.

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Information Sessions

The Incubator team will host two information sessions to give potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about the program.

Information sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 18: 11am-12pm - Project Room J (Digital Scholarship Lab, 2 West - Main Library)
  • Thursday, October 27: 3-4:30pm - Zoom (

Incubator Schedule

Each date below indicates that a workshop/co-work will take place during the week of that date. Exact dates and meeting times will be finalized according to participant schedules.

  • 11/14 - Workshop: Planning your Digital Scholarship Project
  • 12/5 - Workshop: Sustainable Project Management
  • 1/16 - Workshop: Digital Preservation and Data Management
  • 2/6 - Workshop: Working With and Applying Metadata Standards
  • 2/20 - Co-working Session
  • 3/6 - Co-working Session
  • 3/20 - Co-working Session
  • 4/3 - Co-working Session
  • 4/17 - Co-working Session
  • 4/19, 4:00-5:30pm - Reporting out about projects at the Digital Humanities at MSU End of Semester Celebration

2020-21 Cohort

Read more about the first year's cohort.


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