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Collaborative Research Grants

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline December 9, 2014 for Projects Beginning October 2015

Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed above.

In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Brief Summary

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.

Eligible projects include

  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research;
  • archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and

research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

What’s New for 2013

The National Endowment for the Humanities wants scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH grant products. To that end the Collaborative Research program guidelines now offer more guidance for those applicants employing digital technology, as well as information about NEH's expectations for the sustainability of the resulting digital content.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Collaborative Research program received an average of 128 applications per year. The program made an average of 15 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 12 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from collaborative@neh.gov.

Questions?

Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 and collaborative@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.