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Two New Grant Opportunities for Research in the Humanities and Health

October 24, 2012 | By NEH Staff

NEH and AHRC Announce Collaborative Grant Opportunity to Use Humanities Scholarship to Study Health and Wellbeing in the UK and US

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (AHRC) are cooperating to advance research in the humanities that focuses on the humanities and health and well-being. Applications are invited for support of collaborative research projects that use humanities disciplines to better understand health, well-being, disability, medical science and technology, or other aspects of the health sciences. Projects might investigate, for example, literary narratives of healing, the role of culture or cultural difference in health and medicine, or comparative cultural perspectives on disability. Projects must involve scholars from both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Applications are to be submitted to the NEH’s Collaborative Research program, with funding to be provided by NEH in the United States and the AHRC in the United Kingdom.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2012

Awards will be made for a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of three years with funding of between $25,000 (£15,000) and $100,000 (£62,000) available per project per year.

More details about this grant:

Information on how to apply for this grant:


NIH Invites Humanities Researchers to Contribute to the Study of Culture and Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its Opportunity Network for Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research (OppNet), has announced a special funding opportunity for basic social and behavioral research on culture, health and wellbeing. Researchers in humanities disciplines are encouraged to apply as part of projects that maintain a required majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences. 

A Focus on Understanding Culture

According to the NIH announcement, “Culture usually is defined in terms of beliefs and practices that are shared within a population, which itself may share attributes such as ethnicity, race, language, gender, sexuality, specific physical impairments or geographic space. These beliefs and practices reflect common values, socialization processes that are intrinsic to the population of interest, and their other shared attributes. In practice, investigators may use gross distinctions such as demographic categories or political boundaries as proxies for culture, with little attention to how well these categories capture actual shared culture. The specific processes by which culture encompasses beliefs and practices related to health may be obscured by surrogate variables to designate culture (e.g., language, national origin, race/ethnicity). There is a need for research that improves the conceptualization and measurement of culture and does this in the context of health and social and behavioral processes that influence health.”  

Under this program, OppNet expects to provide grants for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches and methods for basic behavioral and/or social research on the relationships among cultural practices/beliefs, health, and wellbeing. This includes an appreciation for more comprehensive understandings of the relationships regarding cultural attitudes, beliefs, practices, and processes, on outcomes relevant to human health and wellbeing.  OppNet specifically welcomes research teams that include expertise complementary to basic social and behavioral sciences, e.g., arts, ethics, humanities, law.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2012

NIH intends to commit $1,425,000 in FY2013 for approximately 5-7 awards. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. Applications must have a majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

Information on how to apply for this grant:

In addition, a webinar hosted by the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development explains this grant in greater detail: