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Collaborative Research Grants

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

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

12/02/20 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, municipalities, IHEs, and tribal governments to support coordinated exploration on humanities-related topics. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to produce books, scholarly resources, conferences, workshops, digital materials and publications, and themed issues of peer-reviewed journals.

The program now includes four categories: Planning International Collaboration (NEW), Conference (previously Convening), Manuscript Preparation (previously Publication), and Scholarly Digital Projects (NEW).

The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through sustained collaboration between two or more scholars. Collaborators may be drawn from a single institution or several institutions across the United States; up to half of the collaborators may be based outside of the U.S. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, and explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities.

The program allows projects that propose research in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged but must employ a humanistic research agenda. Partnerships among different types of institutions are welcome as well as new collaborations with international partners.

Proposed projects must aim to result in tangible and sustainable outcomes, for example, co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; a series of peer-reviewed articles; and open-access scholarly digital resources. All project outcomes must incorporate interpretive work and collaboration to address significant humanities research questions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151112

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $1

Planning International Collaboration: up to $25,000
Conference: up to $100,000
Manuscript Preparation: up to $250,000
Scholarly Digital Projects: up to $250,000

Periods of performance that total less than full years will be prorated.

Term of Contract:

All projects must have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2021, and no later than September 1, 2022.

Period of performance:
- Planning International Collaboration: six to twelve months
- Conference: up to two years
- Manuscript Preparation: up to three years
- Scholarly Digital Projects: up to three years

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • 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:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

An eligible entity may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. The lead applicant would be programmatically, legally and fiscally responsible for the award.

Individuals, foreign, and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

NEH does not make awards 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.

Designating project directors and co-directors:
- Project directors must be scholars, not administrators. Applicant institutions typically designate an affiliated scholar as the project director. Collaborating scholars who may or may not be affiliated with the applicant institution can be designated as co-directors.
- All applications must include at least one collaborating scholar in addition to the project director.
- Members of the project team (including the project director) need not be U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, so long as the applicant institution is eligible. While international collaboration is encouraged, projects must maintain an equitable balance between scholars at U.S. institutions and scholars at non-U.S. institutions.
- Degree candidates may not be project directors, co-directors, or the sole collaborator. They may, however, serve in other roles on the project team.
- Any one project director or co-director may direct only one application to the Collaborative Research program.
- Project directors, co-directors, and collaborators of funded Collaborative Research applications may not hold concurrent full-time awards from the NEH Division of Research Programs—for example, an NEH Fellowship

Unaffiliated project directors who are not U.S. citizens are ineligible.

For a list of ineligible funds use, please visit https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Collaborative%20Research%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202020.pdf#page=30.

NEH funds may not be used to support attendance at regularly-occurring meetings of professional or scholarly organizations, societies, or institutions.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- September 23, 2020: Application available
- October 15, 2020: Optional draft due (Program staff will review of one draft per application using the template available under Application Materials.)
- December 2, 2020: Application Due Date (11:59 PM Eastern Time)
- August 31, 2021: Expected notification date

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329173

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

All applications must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a DUNS number, and registration with SAM. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=329173&origin=vgo-apply

For questions, contact:

NEH Division of Research Programs
collaborative@neh.gov
202-606-8200
Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.

CFDA Number:

45.161

Funding or Pin Number:

20201202-RZ

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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