Promotion of the Humanities Research
To advance knowledge and understanding of the humanities, and strengthen the intellectual foundations of the humanities through the collaboration of scholars and the support of post-doctoral fellowship programs at independent research institutions.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Endowment For The Humanities, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
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
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. §956 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
For Collaborative Research and Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations, 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 Indian tribal government with existing fellowship programs may apply. FPIRI applicant institutions must be financed, governed and administered independently of institutions of higher education.
U.S. citizens and residents, State and local governments, sponsored organizations, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Native American organizations, U.S. territories; non-governmental-general; minority organizations, other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via Grants.gov. See https://www.neh.gov/divisions/research for additional application information.
NEH staff review applications for eligibility and completeness. NEH uses a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Peer reviewers are experts in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. NEH instructs reviewers to evaluate applications according to the review criteria outlined in this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Peer reviewers must comply with Federal ethics and conflicts of interest requirements. NEH staff comments on matters of fact or on significant issues that otherwise would be missing from peer reviews, then makes recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets three times per year to advise the NEH chairman. The chairman considers the advice provided by the review process and, by law, makes all funding decisions.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. For Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, , approximately seven months.
Renewal applications are eligible; they are evaluated in competition with new applications.
How are proposals selected?
For the Collaborative Research program, the principal criteria considered by evaluators are: (1) Intellectual significance of the project, including its potential contribution to scholarship in the humanities; the likelihood that it will stimulate new research; its relationship to larger themes in the humanities; and the significance of the material on which the project is based. (2) Pertinence of the research questions being posed, the appropriateness of research methods or conference design; the appropriateness of the technology employed in the project; the feasibility of the work plan; the archival or source materials to be studied, and the research site. (3) Qualifications, expertise, and levels of commitment of the project director and key project staff or contributors. (4) Soundness of the dissemination and access plans, including benefit to the audience identified in the proposal and the strength of the case for employing print, digital format, or a combination of media. All other considerations being equal, preference will be given to projects that provide free, online access to digital materials produced with grant funds. (5) Potential for success, including the likelihood that the work proposed will be completed within the projected time frame; where appropriate, the project's previous record of success; and the reasonableness of the proposed budget in relation to anticipated results. For Scholarly Editions and Translations, the principal criteria considered by evaluators are: (1) The intellectual significance of the proposed work, including its potential contribution to scholarship in the humanities; the likelihood that it will stimulate new research; its relationship to larger themes or issues in the humanities; and the significance of the material on which the project is based. (2) The appropriateness of the research methods, critical apparatus, and editorial policies; in the case of translation projects, the translation approaches; the appropriateness of selection criteria; the thoroughness and feasibility of the work plan; and the quality of the samples (e.g., their content, accuracy, readability, and the clarity and helpfulness of annotation). (3) The qualifications, expertise, and levels of commitment of the project director and key project staff or contributors. (4) The soundness of the dissemination and access plans, including benefit to the audience identified in the proposal; the strength of the case for producing print volumes, electronic format, or a combination of media; and the appropriateness of the technology to be used. All other considerations being equal, preference will be given to projects that provide free, online access to digital materials produced with grant funds. (5) The potential for success, including the likelihood that the proposed project will be successfully completed within the projected time frame; when appropriate, the edition or translation's previous record of success; and the reasonableness of the budget in relation to its likely results. For Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, the principal criteria considered by evaluators are: (1) How important to the advancement of the humanities is the fellowship program for which funding is requested? (2) Are fellows likely to pursue their research more successfully because of the research collections, facilities, services, and other resources provided by the applicant institution? In the case of centers with residential programs, does the application provide evidence that the fellows' projects benefit significantly from the location of the center and the intellectual exchange among the fellows? (3) How strong is the institution's previous record in offering fellowships? Have former fellows been productive? Have the scholarly contributions resulting from their FPIRI fellowships been of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities? (4) Is the fellowship selection process, including the choosing of selection committee members, expert and objective? (5) Does the application make a persuasive case for the amount of NEH support requested for fellowships? (6) How effective is the publicity for the competition for fellowships? (7) How effective is the administration of the fellowship program? Is the institution's research misconduct policy adequate? (8) Are there ways in which the fellowship program could be improved?
How may assistance be used?
Collaborative Research and Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support up to three years of research. Awards support direct costs, including salaries, travel, supplies, and appropriate research assistance and consultation. Grants also support fellowships offered through independent research centers and institutions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained 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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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 Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions. Recipients will be paid on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award, and payment will be made through electronic funds transfer. Advance payments must be limited to the immediate cash requirements of the recipient in carrying out the purpose of the approved program or project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs,
400 Seventh St., SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$8,526,700.00; FY 19 est $8,850,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$9,850,000.00; FY 16$10,203,370.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 17 from $50,400 to $330,000; $177,300 average.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html and upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019
Past recipients of Promotion of the Humanities Research awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx.