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Collaborative Research Grants

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline December 7, 2016 for Projects Beginning October 2017

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 two or more collaborating 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 disseminate 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; and
  • archaeological projects that include the interpretation and dissemination of results.

Information about Preliminary Draft Proposals

Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff review (submission of draft proposals is optional) no later than October 15.

What’s New for 2015

Please note the following changes that will appear in the new guidelines.

  • Applications must include a bibliography in the appendix.
  • A previously successful applicant must provide information about productivity in table format, comparing the work plan that was approved in the most recent NEH grant with the actual accomplishments during this grant.
  • The program is no longer accepting supplemental audio and visual materials.
  • The first evaluation criterion was revised. It now acknowledges that projects may simultaneously be significant to both public and scholarly audiences. (Projects may still, however, be significant only to a scholarly audience.) It also emphasizes that evaluators should assess the proposed interpretive results of a project.
  • The fifth evaluation criterion was revised. It now emphasizes that evaluators should assess whether projects receiving past NEH support succeeded in meeting their stated goals.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Collaborative Research program received an average of 127 applications per year. The program made an average of ten awards per year, for a funding ratio of 8 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


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