NEH Collaborative Research Grants

NEH Collaborative Research Grants
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:00am

NEH Collaborative Research Grants

Division of Research Programs

Receipt deadline December 6, 2012 for Projects beginning October 2013

Brief Summary

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.

Eligible projects include

  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research;
  • archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and
  • research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

What’s New for 2012

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the United Kingdom are cooperating to advance research in the humanities that focuses on the humanities and health and well-being. Applications are invited for support of collaborative research projects that use humanities disciplines to better understand health, well-being, disability, medical science and technology, or other aspects of the health sciences. Projects might investigate, for example, literary narratives of healing, the role of culture or cultural difference in health and medicine, or comparative cultural perspectives on disability. Projects must involve scholars from both the United States and the United Kingdom. Applications are to be submitted to the Collaborative Research program, with funding to be provided by NEH in the United States and the AHRC in the United Kingdom.

Please note that the Collaborative Research program also welcomes applications that do not respond to the NEH-AHRC initiative described in the paragraph above.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Collaborative Research program received an average of 132 applications per year. The program made an average of 17 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 13 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from


Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 and Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.


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