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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribal Governments
for Joint Research Projects in the Humanities

Collaborative Research Program

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs

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12/01/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribal governments for joint research projects on humanities-related topics. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support activities in the areas of manuscript preparation, scholarly digital projects, planning international collaboration, and conferences. Projects are intended to produce outcomes such as books, articles, scholarly digital projects, and digital publications.

The Collaborative Research Program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through collaboration between two or more scholars. The program comprises four funding categories that support different types of collaborative projects and projects at different stages of development:

  • Planning International Collaboration
  • Conference
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Scholarly Digital Projects

For further details on each of these categories, see

The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities, and lead to manuscripts for print publication or to scholarly digital products.

Projects may 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 pursue a humanistic research agenda. Collaborations among different types of institutions are welcome. For example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions. NEH encourages applications from Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Scholars may be drawn from one or more institutions. International collaborations are encouraged, but projects must maintain an equitable balance between scholars at U.S. institutions and non-U.S. institutions (see C3. Other Eligibility Information).

Applicants must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes as the end goal of the project, even if completion lies beyond the period of performance of the award. Such outcomes may include, but are not limited to, co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; a series of peer-reviewed articles in academic journals or articles in general audience publications or both; and open-access scholarly digital projects. All project outcomes must address at least one stated humanities research question and must convey interpretive humanities work. Applicants must present a plan to disseminate the project’s results.

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to, salary replacement; compensation of collaborators, consultants, and research assistants; fringe benefits; and travel, lodging, and per diem costs for workshop and conference participants.

For NEH Areas of Interest, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 151112

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Planning International Collaboration: Up to $25,000
- Conference: Up to $100,000
- Manuscript Preparation: Up to $250,000
- Scholarly Digital Projects: Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2022, and no later than September 1, 2023.

Period of performance:
- Planning International Collaboration: Six to twelve months
- Conference: Up to two years
- Manuscript Preparation: One to three years
- Scholarly Digital Projects: One to three years


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

An eligible entity may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. The lead applicant would be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

A recipient must not function solely as a fiscal agent and must make substantive contributions to the success of the project.

For eligibility requirements for project directors and co-directors, see

Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

For a list of funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available September 1, 2021
- Optional Draft due October 7, 2021
- Application due December 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be received by the deadline.
- Anticipated Announcement August 2022
- Project start date October 1, 2022 September 1, 2023

You must apply electronically using Workspace or a system-to-system solution.

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active DUNS number, System for Award Management (SAM) registration, and registration. Check your registrations well in advance of the deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active. If your DUNS number and SAM registration are not active and current at the time of submission, your application will be rejected. You should allow several weeks for the registration process. If you fail to allow sufficient time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online submission requirement.

Applicants who wish to submit a draft must use the draft template listed in Supporting Documents below. Submissions must be emailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 7, 2021. NEH staff will read only one draft per project per competition and will reply by November 8, 2021.

Proposals must identify only one project category (of the 4 categories) for funding, even if that project is part of a complex research agenda that includes other project types. Follow-up applications for subsequent stages of the same project are permitted.

Recipients of Planning International Collaboration and Conference awards are encouraged to apply for Manuscript Preparation or Scholarly Digital Projects in future competitions; however, the preparation of the new NEH application is not an allowable activity during Planning International Collaboration and Conference awards. A Planning International Collaboration or Conference award is not a prerequisite for a Manuscript Preparation or Scholarly Digital Projects application. Collaborators who have completed planning and are ready to implement their print or digital projects may apply directly for one of these categories.

Cost sharing is not required in this program, unless federal matching funds are requested. Required cost sharing includes third-party non-federal gift money that must be raised to release federal matching funds.

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. However, an individual may not be the project director or co-project director on more than one application to the program per competition.

Two or more applications for federal funding and/or approved federal award budgets are not permitted to include overlapping project costs. However, applicants may seek funding from other NEH programs for complementary aspects of the same overall project.

An applicant whose project has received a prior award from NEH may request support for a new or subsequent stage of that project.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications are to be submitted electronically via

Draft submissions must be emailed to

For questions about the program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
NEH Office of Grant Management

For questions about registering or renewing your registration with or, contact:
Federal Service Desk
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through, contact: Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035

Federal Relay (for applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing) 800-877-8399

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