Promotion of the Humanities_Research

 

To 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
Active
Program Number
45.161
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: 240 applications were received and 38 grants awarded. Fiscal Year 2014: 262 applications were received and 47 grants awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available.
Authorization
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq. , Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C 951.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For Collaborative Research and Scholarly Editions and Translations, institutions of higher education, nonprofit professional associations, scholarly societies, and other nonprofit organizations in the United States may apply, as may eligible individuals (U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately prior to the time of application). For support of fellowship programs, U.S. independent research centers, scholarly societies, and international research organizations with existing fellowship programs may apply. Individual scholar eligibility is the same as described above.
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 Indian tribal governments, Native American organizations, U.S. territories; non-governmental-general; minority organizations, other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations and OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact program staff for advice on preparing the proposal, and for review of draft proposals. These draft reviews are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but applicants have found them helpful in strengthening their applications. Program staff recommend that draft proposals be submitted no later than six weeks before the deadline. Time restraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date. Draft proposals may be submitted by e-mail attachment to research@neh.gov. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via Grants.gov. NEH application instructions are available online at http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by subject area specialists, panels of scholars, and other appropriate individuals outside the agency. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after recommendation by the National Council on the Humanities.
Deadlines
Aug 13, 2015: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions. None.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. For Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and fellowship programs offered through independent research centers and international research organizations, approximately seven months. For Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers, approximately six months.
Appeals
None, but applicant may reapply with a revised proposal.
Renewals
Renewal applications are eligible; they are evaluated in competition with new applications.
How are proposals selected?
For Collaborative Research, 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;; and the appropriateness of the field work to be undertaken, 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; and in the case of archaeology projects, the likelihood that the project will produce an interpretive study. 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; 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?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are required quarterly. For Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions: Progress reports are required at least annually, no more frequently than quarterly. Final progress are due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH. Final expenditure reports are due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.
Records
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Cost sharing consists of the cash contributions made to the project by the applicant, third parties and other federal agencies, as well as third party in-kind contributions, such as donated services and goods. Cost sharing includes third party gift money that will be raised to release federal matching funds. Cost sharing is not required. NEH, however, is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. Consult the individual program guidelines for more information.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months for Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and
Translations, and Fellowship Programs at Independent Research
Institutions. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as required and must be expended during the grant period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Not Applicable.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 318, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: collaborative@neh.gov Phone: (202) 606-8200.
Website Address
http://www.neh.gov/divisions/research
Financial Information
Account Identification
59-0200-0-1-503.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 13 $8,422,428; FY 14 est $9,706,816; and FY 15 est $9,727,872 - FY 13 obligations include additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants and by We the People. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-WE THE PEOPLE.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 from $70,000 to $415,000; $210,000 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 2013: The University of South Carolina, Columbia, received $65,000 in outright funds to host a conference on the impact of the American Civil War on Latin America and Europe. Skidmore College received $185,000 in outright funds to reconstruct recently discovered Maya murals at San Bartolo, Guatemala. The University of Memphis received $280,000 in outright funds to support the ongoing translation and preparation of an online edition of the inscriptions of the Great Hypostyle Hall in Luxon, Egypt. The Newberry Library in Chicago received $323,400 in outright funds to support the research of two, twelve-month fellows per year for three years. Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available.

 


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