Promotion of the Humanities Research


Humanities Research awards advance knowledge and understanding of the humanities and strengthen their intellectual foundations. The Collaborative Research program supports projects by two or more scholars. Scholarly Editions and Translations provides funding for time-intensive editing projects such as the Papers of George Washington. Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions provides American scholars access to American centers for humanities research around the world. Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Work supports field research utilizing archaeological and/or ethnographic methods to answer significant questions in the humanities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Endowment For The Humanities, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 in 2016, 59 grants were awarded to both individual and institutional scholars, in excess of $10 million of humanities research funding.
Fiscal Year 2018 See
Fiscal Year 2023 Use the Funded Projects Query Form available on the NEH website to explore recently funded projects:
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, Part 20 U.S.C., Section § 956 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research: U.S. public and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (including institutions of higher education), state and local governments, and federally recognized Native American Tribal governments. For Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI): U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, a state or local governmental agency, or a federally recognized Native American Tribal government with existing fellowship programs. FPIRI applicant institutions must be financed, governed, and administered independently of institutions of higher education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. citizens and residents, State and local governments, sponsored organizations, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Native Amercan Tribal governments, Native American organizations, U.S. jurisdictions; non-governmental-general; minority organizations, other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Depending on the nature of the proposed project, some applicants to the Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program may need to conduct an environmental impact assessment, per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 USC § 470f, and its implementing regulations, 36 CFR Part 800. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional information. Other pre-application coordination is not required, but NEH encourage potential applicants to discuss their proposals with NEH staff and submit a draft by the date stipulated in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit their applications through See for additional application information.
Award Procedure
NEH staff review all applications for eligibility, completeness, and responsiveness. The agency then conducts a peer review process for all applications that pass this initial screening. Peer reviewers are experts in their fields with knowledge and expertise relevant to the activities that the program supports. NEH instructs peer reviewers to evaluate applications according to established review criteria. Peer reviewers must comply with federal ethics rules governing conflicts of interest. NEH program officers supplement the peer reviewers' comments to address matters of fact or significant points that the peer reviewers have overlooked. They then make funding recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets at least twice each year to review applications and advise the NEH Chair. By law, the Chair has the sole authority to make final funding decisions.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Approximately seven months.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
See E1. Review Criteria in the relevant Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research awards support direct costs, including salaries, travel, supplies, and appropriate research assistance and consultation. FPIRI awards support fellowships offered by independent research centers and institutions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Awards are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other federal officials.
Recipients must retain documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is . The Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program requires cost sharing by applicants whose project directors are tenured track faculty members. See C2. Cost Sharing in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months for Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research. Up to 42 months for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions. NEH will pay recipients using electronic funds transfer on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award. Advance payments must be limited to the recipient's immediate cash requirements in carrying out the purpose of the approved program or project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not Applicable.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs
400 Seventh St., SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8200
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$8,971,600.00; FY 23 est $10,807,000.00; FY 24 est $10,225,000.00; FY 21$9,687,695.00; FY 20$5,611,550.00; FY 19$9,303,715.00; FY 18$8,526,700.00; FY 17$9,850,000.00; FY 16$10,203,370.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY22, awards ranged from $5,000 to $315,000. The average award was $50,725.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. NOFOs are available online at and upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 You can find past recipients by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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