Collaborative Research

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

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

Open to


Expected output

Digital Resource or Publication;
Themed Issue of Peer-Reviewed Journal;

Period of performance

Up to three years (Depending on funding category)

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge by fostering rich scholarship that a single researcher could not accomplish working alone. The program supports sustained collaboration by teams of two or more scholars. Teams may propose research in a single field of study or interdisciplinary work. NEH encourages projects that incorporate multiple points of view and pursue new avenues of inquiry in the humanities.

Collaborators may come from one or more institutions. NEH encourages partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences, but projects must address humanistic questions and employ humanistic methods. International collaboration is welcome, but scholars at U.S. institutions must contribute significantly to the project. Collaboration among different types of institutions is welcome.

Proposed projects must aim to result in tangible and sustainable outcomes, such as a co-authored or multi-authored book; a themed issue of a peer-reviewed journal; a series of peer-reviewed articles; a born-digital publication; or an open-access website or other digital resource. All project outcomes must incorporate collaboration and interpretation to address significant humanities research questions.

The program includes four project categories: Planning International Collaboration, Convening, 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.

What’s new for 2022:

  • The Convening category replaces last year’s Conference category and supports a single scholarly conference, symposium, or seminar, or up to two working group meetings. The maximum period of performance is one year, and the maximum award is $50,000.
  • The page limit for the narrative section of the application has decreased from twelve to eleven pages.
  • You must submit a Research and Related Budget and budget justification for each subrecipient in Attachment 8: Subrecipient budget(s). 

You may submit an optional draft. You must use the draft template found under “Program Resources” on this page and must submit it no later than September 15, 2022, 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 was held on Wednesday, August 24, at 2:00 PM Eastern. View here.

Review your application package

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, 2022 (PDF)

Collaborative Research application package

Program Resources

Collaborative Research Frequently Asked Questions, 2022

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

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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    Program Statistics

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    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program