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


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Collaborative Research Program

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

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #151112

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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 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

For further details on each of these categories, see

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.

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. 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 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Scholars may be drawn from one or more institutions. NEH welcomes international collaboration, but scholars at U.S. institutions must contribute significantly to the project.

Applicants must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes as the end goal of the project, even if completion lies beyond the period of performance of the award. 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 must 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.

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  • 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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, you must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:
- Nonprofit organizations recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Accredited institutions of higher education (public or nonprofit)
- State and local governments and their agencies
- Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

If you are an eligible applicant, 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.

To be eligible, you must not function solely as a fiscal agent for another entity and must make substantive contributions to the success of the project.

For eligibility requirements for project directors and co-directors, see

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

For a list of funding restrictions, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 24, at 2:00 PM Eastern.

This will be a live pre-application webinar on NEH's Collaborative Research program. The session will address program goals, eligibility requirements, how to apply, how applications are reviewed, and how to write an effective application. Questions will be taken at the end. The session will be recorded and later made available on the Collaborative Research program page on NEH's website.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application available: August 9, 2022
- Optional draft due: September 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline: November 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: August 31, 2023
- Project start date: October 1, 2023 - September 1, 2024

Before submitting its application, your organization must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and You should allow several weeks to register with SAM and NEH will not waive the online submission requirement or extend the application deadline to allow additional time for you to complete registration with SAM or

You may submit a draft using the template on the program resource page. You must submit your draft by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 15, 2022. Program officers will review drafts that use the template and are submitted by the deadline above. 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 17, 2022.

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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For a list of application documents, press the Package tab (click Preview) on the page above.

A pre-application webinar was held on Wednesday, August 24, at 2:00 PM Eastern. View here:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 15 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Planning International Collaboration: Up to $25,000
- Convening: Up to $50,000
- Manuscript Preparation: Up to $250,000
- Scholarly Digital Projects: Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must have a start date between October 1, 2023, and September 1, 2024.

Period of performance:
- Planning International Collaboration: Six to twelve months
- Convening: Up to one years
- Manuscript Preparation: One to three years
- Scholarly Digital Projects: One to three years

Contact Information:

Applications are to be submitted electronically 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:

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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