Collaborative Research Grants

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Convening Grants: $50,000
Publication Grants: $250,000 (no more than $100,000 per year)

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material & Publications;
Other Scholarly Resource;
Themed issue of peer-reviewed journal;

Period of performance

Convening Grants: one year Publication Grants: one to three years

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

Debate, exchange of ideas, and working together—all are basic activities that advance humanities knowledge and foster rich scholarship that would not be possible by researchers working on their own. The Collaborative Research grant program encourages collaboration that proposes diverse approaches to topics, incorporates multiple points of view, and explores new avenues of inquiry that lead to publications and other resources for humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage projects in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. 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. Partnerships among different sorts of institutions are welcome: for example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions.

Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All award recipients are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences.

Funding is available for sustained full-time or part-time activities during the period of performance to facilitate collaboration. Funds may be requested to cover, where appropriate, salary replacement; compensation of collaborators, consultants, and research assistants; fringe benefits; and travel, lodging, and per diem costs. Indirect costs can be included. NEH is rarely able to cover the full cost of a project. For that reason, funding from other sources and cost sharing are expected but not required. (See the budget instructions below for additional information.)

Collaborative Research offers two types of awards to address different sorts of projects and stages of development.

Convening Grants – up to $50,000

Convening grants last one year and typically fund conferences and working group meetings to sharpen the chosen research topic and discuss and plan subsequent publication.

Publication Grants – up to $250,000 (no more than $100,000 per year)

Publication grants last one to three years and support the project toward completion of its publication goals. Publications can appear in traditional print or in digital form. Note that costs paid to publishers and subventions are not supported.

A Convening Grant can be used to plan and prepare for a Publication Grant in a subsequent year. A Convening grant is not, however, a prerequisite for a Publication grant. Collaborators who have done their planning and are ready to work toward completion and publication can apply directly for a Publication grant.

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Download Application Materials

Collaborative Research Guidelines (PDF)

Collaborative Research Guidelines (DOC)

Application Packages for Institutions and Individuals (Unaffiliated Project Directors) Applying to Collaborative Research Program

Budget Resources

Budget Instructions, October 2018 (PDF)

Sample Budget, October 2018 (PDF)

Budget Form, October 2018 (MS Excel)

Program Resources

Collaborative Research Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

Collaborative Research Awards, 2016-2018

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

Indiana University, The Emergence of HIV/AIDS

University of Akron, British Asia and the British Atlantic Conference

University of Nebraska, Washington DC during the Civil War

Duke University, Convening Grant, Rediscovering Neglected Philosophical Works by Early Modern Women

Texas Christian University, Publication Grant, Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas

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    Program Statistics

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    This grant has a
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    NEH made an average of
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    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program