National Endowment for the Humanities: Collaborative Research Grants
The Collaborative Research grant program encourages collaboration that proposes diverse approaches to topics, incorporates multiple points of view, and explores new avenues of inquiry that lead to publications and other resources for humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage projects in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Collaborators may be drawn from a single institution or several institutions across the United States; up to half of the collaborators may be based outside of the U.S. Partnerships among different sorts of institutions are welcome: for example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions.
Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All award recipients are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences.
Collaborative Research offers three types of awards to address different sorts of projects and stages of development:
- Type 1: Convening Grants: These grants last one year and typically fund conferences and working group meetings to sharpen the chosen research topic and discuss and plan subsequent publication. A Type 1 Convening Grant can be used to plan and prepare for a Type 2 Publication Grant in a subsequent year. A Type 1 grant is not, however, a prerequisite for a Type 2 grant.
- Type 2: Publication Grants: These grants last one to three years and support the project toward completion of its publication goals. Publications can appear in traditional print or in digital form. Note that costs paid to publishers and subventions are not supported.
- Type 3: Archaeology Grants: These grants last one to three years and support projects that lead to publication. Excavation is not required.
Amount: Dependent on type of award, as follows:
- Convening Grants: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded
- Publication Grants: Grants of up to $250,000 are awarded (no more than $100,000 per year for up to three years)
- Archaeology Grants: Grants of up to $250,000 are awarded (no more than $100,000 per year for up to three years)
Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; institutions of higher education; state and local governments; federally recognized Native American tribal governments; and unaffiliated project directors who are U.S. citizens. All projects must include at least one collaborating scholar in addition to the project director, who must be a scholar and not an administrator or press representative.
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