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Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Individuals,
and IHEs for the Translation of Humanities Texts

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs

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12/05/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, individuals and institutions of higher education to support the translation and preparation of editions of humanities texts. Applicants are required to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.

Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.

Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method adopted for the particular work to be translated. Editions and translations produced with NEH support contain scholarly and critical apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format. This usually means introductions and annotations that provide essential information about a text’s form, transmission, and historical and intellectual context.

Proposals for editions of foreign language materials in the original language are eligible for funding, as well as proposals for editions of materials translated into English.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151063

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total award amounts will rarely exceed $100,000 for a one-year project or $300,000 for a three-year project.

Term of Contract:

Awards are made for periods of performance of one to three years. Project start date is October 1, 2019.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Scholarly Editions and Translations program accepts applications from both institutions and individuals without an institutional affiliation (who may apply as unaffiliated project directors).

Note that all projects must include at least one other collaborating scholar in addition to the project director, who must be a scholar and not an administrator or press representative.

The following types of applicants are eligible:
-U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status;
-Institutions of higher education;
-State and local governments;
-Federally recognized Native American tribal governments; and
-Unaffiliated project directors who are U.S. citizens.

The following types of applicants are ineligible:
-Other federal agencies;
-For-profit institutions; and
-Unaffiliated project directors who are not U.S. citizens.

Designating project directors and co-directors:

-Project directors affiliated with an eligible institution must ordinarily apply through their own institution. Applicant institutions may, however, designate a project director affiliated with another institution if that person is a leading scholar in a relevant field of study.
-Only U.S. citizens who are adjunct faculty, teaching at foreign universities, or without institutional affiliation may apply as unaffiliated project directors.
-Degree candidates may not be project directors, co-directors, or the only other collaborator. If an individual on the project team is the project director, co-director, or the only other collaborator, and has satisfied all the requirements for a degree and is awaiting its conferral, the application must include as an appendix a letter from the dean of the conferring school attesting to the individual’s having completed all degree requirements by the application deadline.
-Project directors and co-directors may submit only one application to either the Collaborative Research or the Scholarly Editions and Translations program, but not both. They may, however, apply for other NEH awards, including Fellowships and Summer Stipends.
-Project directors and co-directors of funded applications may not hold concurrent fulltime awards from the NEH Division of Research Programs—for example an NEH Fellowship.
-NEH must approve any change in the project director(s) and collaborating scholar(s)

NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Note that project participants (including the project director) need not be U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, so long as the applicant institution is eligible. However, at least 50 percent of award funds (excluding indirect costs) must be used to support research conducted at U.S.- based institutions, research conducted by citizens of or residents in the U.S., or both.

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants may not be used for:
-Projects undertaken by individuals without collaboration;
-Development of tools, including digital tools, or any materials analysis whose primary goal is refinement of a method, unless the development contributes to the larger editorial goals of the project and coincides with research activities;
-Work on recurrent publications such as magazines or scholarly journals;
-Digitization of pre-existing texts or previously published materials without the addition of a new scholarly and critical apparatus;
-Translations of existing editions without the addition of a new scholarly and critical apparatus;
-Preparation or publication of textbooks;
-Professional development or training;
-The creation of original works of fiction, poetry, drama, or music;
-Translation of a text into a language other than English;
-Publication subvention or other publication costs;
-Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
-Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action;
-Support of specific public policies or legislation; or
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies).

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for submitting optional draft proposals and applications:

-Submission of draft proposals is optional. Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted no later than October 15. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.

-Applications must be received and validated by by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on December 5, 2018. will date- and time-stamp your application after it is fully uploaded. Applications submitted after that date will not be accepted.

Draft proposals
Before applying to the program, applicants are encouraged to contact program officers, who can offer advice about preparing the proposal and review preliminary proposal drafts. Applicants may submit by e-mail a draft of their proposal no later than October 15. Do NOT submit your draft through A response cannot be guaranteed if the draft arrives later than October 15. Draft proposals are optional; submitting a draft enables an applicant to receive staff comments about the substance and format of the application. The more complete the draft, the more helpful the response can be. A draft proposal should include the statement of significance and impact, the narrative, and the budget.

Previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to submit draft proposals. The project director must include with the draft a cover letter explaining the changes that were made in response to the reviewers’ comments on the earlier application.

How to Apply:
Step 1: Review your application package
As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a account as this is vital to the grants process.

Step 2: Register for a SAM number and an account on
The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks.

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Step 3: Complete and submit your application package
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the instructions

Cost Sharing
Cost sharing consists of gift money raised from nonfederal third parties to release federal matching funds. Voluntary cost sharing includes cash contributions to a project by the applicant and nonfederal third parties, in-kind contributions (such as donated goods and services), and unrecovered indirect costs. Although voluntary cost sharing is not required, the Scholarly Editions and Translations program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. The balance of the costs is to be borne by the applicant’s institution or other sources. Previously funded editions seeking further support should expect a progressively larger share of the costs to be assumed by the host institution or third parties.


-Until December 5, 2018: Contact Division of Research Programs program officers (at 202- 606-8200 or with questions and for advice (optional)

-October 15, 2018: Submit draft application (optional) by this date

-October 24, 2018: Applicants that have not registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and should begin the process by this date (applies only to institutional applicants)

- November 21, 2018: Register your institution (or verify its registration) with by this date (unaffiliated project directors must register themselves or verify their registration by this date)

- December 5, 2018: Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on this date

-March-April 2019: Peer review panels take place

-July 2019: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions

-August 2019: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions

-September 2019: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management

-October 1, 2019: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date

-September 1, 2020: Successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

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If you have questions about this program, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Research Programs at and 202-606-8200.

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