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Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Grants to USA IHEs to Enhance the
Undergraduate Humanities Curriculum

GrantWatch ID#: 173969
Agency Type:

Federal

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

10/17/17 Receipt (5:00 PM ET Recommended Submission)

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Grants of up to $35,000 to USA colleges and universities to enhance the quality of humanities programming available to undergraduate students. Required registrations must be created or verified by September 19 and October 3. Funding is available for the development of innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields).

Competitive applications will demonstrate:
-That the proposed curricular projects address significant and compelling topics or issues in undergraduate education at the applicant institution(s);
-That these projects engage the intellectual skills and habits of mind cultivated by the humanities; and
-That faculty and students will benefit from meaningful collaborations in teaching and learning across disciplines as a result of the project.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

1. Integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and goals of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities);

2. Collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions;

3. Experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan; and

4. Long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s).

If the project addresses core or general education requirements, or requirements for specific pathways or pre-professional programs, it must incorporate a fresh approach in doing so. For example, applicants might consider:

-Filling a new or unmet curricular gap in which the humanities will play an integral role;
-Opening up a new interdisciplinary minor or certificate;
-Transforming existing curricular pathways; or
-Connecting existing fields of study to new or emerging disciplines.

Humanities Connections grants are funded at two levels: Planning and Implementation. Applicants for implementation grants need not be former planning grant recipients; however, applicants for implementation grants are required to demonstrate in their applications that they have completed the planning for the project. Recipients of planning grants are welcome to submit implementation-level proposals based on their funded projects.

A grant from NEH for one stage of a project does not, however, commit NEH to continued support for the project. Applications for each stage of a project are evaluated independently.

Planning Grants:

Planning Grants (up to twelve months) support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the goal of designing a new, coherent curricular program or initiative. The grant gives the institution(s) the opportunity to create a firm foundation for implementing the program. Planning goals will include identifying the members of a planning committee and organizing the planning process; defining the rationale, design, and structure that would undergird a comprehensive and institutionally sustainable effort; and establishing potential scenarios for curriculum development. Institutions may draw on current short-term initiatives or curricular programs run by individual departments in this effort. The outcome of a successful planning phase should be a project in, or ready for, the implementation stage.

Planning Grants may be used to
-Establish and convene a team to develop overall project goals and outcomes;
-Engage outside experts for consultation on curriculum design or experiential learning opportunities (such as individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects, or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning);
-Invest in seminars for faculty and administrators on substantive issues related to the success of the project;
-Organize focus or discussion groups around issues central to project rationale;
-Draw up potential new courses, instructional models, and pedagogies for development; and
-Work with institutional leadership to outline long-range planning and sustainability.

Providing access to grant products:

As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its awards available to the broadest possible audience. NEH’s goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH grant products. For projects that develop Web-based resources, all other considerations being equal, NEH prefers those that provide free access to the public.

NEH grantees must follow the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of handicap in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Successful applicants to the Humanities Connections Planning Grant program will receive grants of up to $35,000.

The grant period is twelve months. Projects may begin May 2018 and must start no later than September 2018.

This program accepts applications from any U.S. two- or four-year college or university with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, including community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, research universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Collaboration with other organizations is welcome, but the project director must be from the applicant institution.

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.

NEH will not review applications that are late, incomplete, or ineligible.

The program does not support projects that promote stand-alone additions or revisions of single course offerings or the simple pairing of complementary courses, whether in the same or in different departments or schools. Although this grant is open to collaborations with one or more post-secondary institutions, a single institution must serve as the applicant of record.

Grantees may not use Humanities Connections funding for
-Faculty or student travel abroad;
-The development of courses for a graduate degree or non-degree program;
-Textbook research or revision;
-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).

Upload your application to Grants.gov. NEH strongly suggests that you submit your application no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Doing so will leave you time to contact the Grants.gov help desk for support, should you encounter a technical problem of some kind.

Timeline:

-Until October 17, 2017: Contact Division of Education Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)

-September 18, 2017: Submit draft application (optional) by this date

-September 19, 2017: Create or verify your institution’s Entity record at the System for Award Management by this date

-October 3, 2017: Register your institution (or verify its registration) with Grants.gov by this date

-October 17, 2017: Submit application through Grants.gov by this date November

-December 2017: peer review panels take place

-March 2018: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions

-April 2018: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions

-May 2018: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail

-May 2018: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date

-September 2018: Successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/GetGrantFromFedgrants?opportunity=20171017-AKA&agencycode=NEH

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

If you have questions about the program, contact:

Humanities Connections
Division of Education Programs National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

202-606-8337
humanitiesconnections@neh.gov

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20171017-AKA

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