Collaborative Research

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Up to $250,000 (Depending on funding category)

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publication;
Other Scholarly Resource;
Themed issue of peer-reviewed journal;

Period of performance

Up to three years (Depending on funding category)

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 could not be accomplished by a single researcher working alone. The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge by supporting sustained collaboration between two or more scholars. Collaborators may be drawn from one or more institutions. International collaboration is encouraged, but the project director must be based at a U.S. institution, and project teams must include an equitable balance of scholars based at U.S. institutions and scholars based at non-U.S. institutions. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, and explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities.

The program allows projects that propose research in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged but must employ a humanistic research agenda. Collaboration among different types of institutions is welcome.

Proposed projects must aim to result in tangible and sustainable outcomes, such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; a series of peer-reviewed articles; or open-access scholarly digital resources. All project outcomes must incorporate collaboration and interpretation to address significant humanities research questions.

The program includes four project categories: Planning International Collaboration, Conference, Manuscript Preparation, and Scholarly Digital Projects. The categories support different project types or stages and have different performance periods and award ceilings. Applicants must specify only one project category for support.

Applicants may submit an optional draft. The draft must use the draft template found under “Program Resources” on this page and must be submitted no later than Oct. 7, 2021, to @email. Put “Collaborative Research Draft” in the subject line of the message. NEH Staff will read only one draft per project per competition deadline.

A pre-application webinar Collaborative Research 2021 was held on Sept. 21, 2021, and can be seen below:


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Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application.

Application Materials

Collaborative Research Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2021 (PDF)

Collaborative Research application package

Program Resources

Collaborative Research Frequently Asked Questions, 2021

Collaborative Research draft template

List of Recent Collaborative Research Awards

Sample Application Narratives

Planning International Collaboration

Syracuse University, Taj of the Raj?: Decolonizing the Imperial Collections, Architecture, and Gardens of the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

Rutgers University, Unboxing Artificial Intelligence: An International Collaboration Bringing Humanities Perspectives to AI


University of South Dakota, Philosophy and Money: A Historical and Interdisciplinary Consideration of Economies and Worldviews

Emory University, Chinese Foodways in the Modern World (19th c. - present): Reexamining Culinary Continuity and Change

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, In a Speculative Light: The Arts of Writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) and Painter Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

Manuscript Preparation

Arizona State University, Unfinished Partitions in South Asia and the Making of Miyahs, Biharis, and Christians into Noncitizens (1947 - the Present)

Goucher College, Beyond Versailles: Reverberations of the "1919 Moment" in Asia

University of Chicago, Oriental Institute Nubian Archaeological Expedition Publication Project

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

University of Pennsylvania, The Long Road to Freedom Biddy Mason and the Making of  Black Los Angeles

Scholarly Digital Projects

University of Houston, Democratizing Politics: Mapping the Stories and Significance of the 1977 National Women’s Conference

New York University, The Post-Soviet Public Sphere: Multimedia Sourcebook of the1990s

University of Nebraska, Washington DC during the Civil War

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