Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$300,000; up to $450,000 may be available for projects that respond to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.

Open to


Expected output

Music edition;

Period of performance

One to three years

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program provides grants to organizations to support collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to learning and research but are currently inaccessible or are available only in inadequate editions or translations.  Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.

The program supports continuous full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.  Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively.  While international collaboration is permitted, projects must maintain an equitable balance between scholars at U.S. institutions and scholars at non-U.S. institutions.  In addition to supporting long-term editorial projects, the program also encourages applications for short-term projects and for projects that are at a planning stage.

What’s new for 2021

  • Awards are capped at $300,000 in outright funds, not to exceed $100,000 per year. In addition, organizations submitting proposals that respond to the “A More Perfect Union” special initiative may apply for up to an additional $150,000 in federal matching funds, not to exceed $50,000 per year. 
  • Projects at a planning stage are encouraged to apply for one or two years of support for up to $75,000 per year or less. Additional writing prompts have been added for planning stage projects. 
  • Program staff will review one draft proposal per project with a submission deadline of September 24; see special instructions in section D4 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity regarding the format of drafts.
  • The narrative now includes a “statement of significance and impact.”
  • Applicants must include a discussion of the qualifications sought and duties proposed for new hires made with NEH funds, student workers or unpaid volunteers.  
  • A two-page work plan is required as Attachment 3.  
  • The bibliography (Attachment 5) is limited to five pages.  
  • The instructions for required editorial and translation samples (Attachment 6) have been clarified.  
  • A table of past productivity is conditionally required as Attachment 8.  
  • An attachment consisting of a list of past financial support is no longer requested. 
  • Press subventions are not permitted in this program.
  • Applicants are required to submit their budget using the Research and Related Budget Form, included in the application package.

Due to technical difficulties, the live question and answer webinar for this grant program has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. Join here

The 2021 pre-application webinar discussing how to prepare an application for the Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program can see below:

Register for a SAM number and an account on

To apply for this grant, you will need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and 

Submit your application package on

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Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
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This grant has a
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
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Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program