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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribal Governments for Joint Research Projects in the Humanities

Collaborative Research


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Division of Research Programs
CFDA Number: 45.161
Funding or PIN Number: 20231129-RZ
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/29/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribal governments for joint research projects on humanities-related topics. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support activities in the areas of manuscript preparation, scholarly digital projects, planning international collaboration, and conferences. Projects are intended to produce outcomes such as books, articles, scholarly digital projects, and digital publications.

The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through collaboration between two or more scholars. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities, and lead to manuscripts for print publication or to scholarly digital products.

The program supports groups of two or more scholars seeking to increase humanistic knowledge. Projects must pursue significant research questions and lead to a tangible interpretive product. The collaborative work can be rooted in a single field or cross disciplines. NEH encourages collaboration with scholars working in the natural or social sciences, but projects must focus on humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.

The program has four funding categories that support different types of collaborative projects and collaborative projects at different stages of development:

  • Planning International Collaboration
  • Convening
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Scholarly Digital Projects

Applicants must identify only one project category for funding, even if the proposed project is part of a complex research agenda that includes other project types.  Follow-up applications may be submitted for subsequent stages of the same project.

For details on each of these categories, see

Applicants may propose a research project in a single field of study or interdisciplinary work. NEH encourages collaboration with scholars working in the natural or social sciences, but projects must focus on humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.

Scholars may be drawn from one or more institutions. Collaborations among different types of institutions are welcome. For example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions. NEH encourages applications from and collaborations with minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions. NEH encourages collaboration with tribal or other community members in the co-creation of knowledge.

NEH welcomes international collaboration, but scholars at U.S. institutions must contribute significantly to the project. (See C3. Other Eligibility Information.)

Applicants must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes as the end goal of the project, even if completion lies beyond the award’s period of performance. Such outcomes may include, but are not limited to, co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; a series of peer-reviewed articles in academic journals or articles in general audience publications or both; and open-access scholarly digital projects. All project outcomes must address at least one stated humanities research question and convey interpretive humanities work. Applicants must present a plan to disseminate the project’s results.

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to, salary replacement; compensation of collaborators, consultants, and research assistants; fringe benefits; and travel, lodging, and per diem costs for convening participants.

For NEH Areas of Interest, see


  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include organizations established in the US or its jurisdictions as one of the following:
- A nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- An accredited institutionsof higher education (public or nonprofit)
- A state or local government or one of their agencies
- A federally recognized Native American Tribal government

If your organization is eligible, you may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. If NEH selects your proposal for funding, you will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

For eligibility regarding project directors and co-directors, see

Eligibility for Additional $50,000 for Manuscript Preparation or Scholarly Digital Projects:
To be eligible for this additional funding, the applicant institution or subrecipient partner institution must be a community college or an institution designated by the U.S. Department of Education at the time of application as one of the five following categories of federally recognized minority-serving institutions: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCU), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNH), Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI), or Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). Institutions must apply annually to the U.S. Department of Education for federally recognized minority-serving eligibility designations.

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

The recipient may not function solely as a fiscal agent but should make substantive contributions to the success of the project.

An individual may not be the project director or co-director on more than one application to the program per competition.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
A pre-application webinar will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

To register:

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Deadline for Optional Draft September 18, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Deadline November 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Award Announcement August 2024

You must apply using Workspace or a system-to-system solution. NEH recommends you submit your application at least 48 hours prior to the deadline so you have time to correct technical errors eGMS identified or you discover.

You must complete a multistep registration process prior to submitting your application.
- You will need a UEI number and SAM registration. You will also need to register in
- Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take several weeks to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

You may submit a draft using the template on the program resource page. You must submit your draft via email by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 18, 2023. Put “Collaborative Research draft” in the subject line of the message. Program officers will review drafts that use the template and are submitted by the deadline. This optional preliminary review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications. NEH staff will read only one draft per project per competition and expect to reply by October 16, 2023.

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. However, an individual may not be the project director or co-project director on more than one application to the program per competition.

You must identify only one project category for funding, even if your project is part of a complex research agenda that includes other project types. You may submit follow-up applications for subsequent stages of the same project.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 15 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Planning International Collaboration awards: Up to $25,000
- Convening awards: Up to $50,000
- Manuscript Preparation and Scholarly Digital Projects: Up to $250,000*, or $300,000 for collaborations that include a community college or certain minority-serving institutions

*Up to $100,000 per year for years one and two and up to $50,000 for year three.

For further details about award amounts, see

Term of Contract
- Planning International Collaboration awards and Convening awards: Period of performance is between six and twelve months
- Manuscript Preparation and Scholarly Digital Projects: Period of performance is one to three years

Projects must have a start date between October 1, 2024, and September 1, 2025.

Contact Information
Applications are to be submitted via

Draft submissions must be emailed to

For questions about the program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities

For questions about registering or renewing your registration with or, contact:
Federal Service Desk
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through, contact: Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: +1-606-545-5035

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