NEH – Public Humanities Projects

Date Due: 1/10/18 for projects beginning August 2018, updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance

Amount: $40,000 (planning), $75,000 (exceptionally ambitious project planning), $50,000 to $400,000 (implementation)

Summary: Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. The grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement: 1) community conversations, 2) exhibitions, 3) historic places.

Keywords: humanities, community

Solicitation number: CFDA Number: 45.164


NEH – Collaborative Research Grants

Date Due: 12/6/17 (proposal draft due no later than 10/15/17)

Amount: unspecified

Summary: Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to 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 disseminate 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 dissemination of results.

Keywords: interdisciplinary, humanities

~Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline.



Buckminster Fuller Institute — Socially-Responsible Design Challenge Seeks Innovations that Solve the World’s Most Pressing Needs – not announced yet for 2018

Date Due: 03/01/17

Amount: $100,000

Summary: Recognized as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award”, the Fuller Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, students and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems… Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI seeks whole-system solutions that demonstrate a clear grasp of the ‘big-picture’ and focus on a well-defined need of critical importance. If, for example, a proposal emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental, and economic factors.

Keywords: innovation, humanities

URL: (email to express interest in the 2017 competition)


NEH – Fellowships

Date Due: 04/11/18

Amount: $50,400 over 12 months max

Summary: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Keywords: Humanities, research

~Amount is $4,200 per month for 6 to 12 months, max $50,400 over 12 months


NEH – Humanities Access Grants

Date Due: 05/02/18

Amount: $100,000

Summary: Humanities Access grants help support capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: children, family, and young adults (defined to include those between ages 18 and 30).

Humanities Access grants provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations.

Programs supported by Humanities Access grants have included, for example

a young readers’ initiative sponsored by a state humanities council;

a “family conversations” program at a rural historical society connecting the area’s cultural and natural resources; and

internships for students at a liberal arts college to work in local cultural organizations during the summer.

Humanities Access Grants offer two years of match-based funding. All funds must be expended by the end of the grant period. Humanities Access grant funds should not be used to replace existing program funds. Instead, the grant should expand or enhance an existing exemplary humanities program.

Notes: Humanities Access Grants offer two years of match-based funding to be expended through a term endowment over the final three years of the five-year grant period. Humanities Access grant funds should not be used to replace existing program funds. Instead, the grant should expand or enhance an existing exemplary humanities program.

Keywords: humanities, community

~Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline.



NEH – Digital Projects for the Public

Date Due: 06/06/18 (for projects beginning December 2018; updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline)

Amount: $30,000 (Discovery), $100,000 (Prototyping), $400,000 (Production)

Summary: Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. Digital platforms—such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments—can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

Keywords: humanities, innovation

~Amount is $30,000 (Discovery), $100,000 (Prototyping), $400,000 (Production)

~Due date will have updated guidelines posted at least two months in advance of this deadline



NSF — Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Date Due: 08/03/18, annually thereafter; 02/02/18, annually thereafter

Amount: $400,000

Summary: STS research focuses on the intellectual, material, and social facets of STEM. Such research endeavors to understand how scientific knowledge is produced and sanctioned, and how it is challenged and changes. It explores broader societal ramifications and underlying presuppositions. STS research studies how materials, devices, and techniques are designed and developed; how and by whom they are diffused, used, adapted, and rejected; how they are affected by social and cultural environments; and how they influence quality of life, culture, and society. STS research explores how socio-cultural values are embedded in science and technology, and how issues of governance and equity co-evolve with the development and use of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts. The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies and low-tech technologies.

2. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.

3. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.

4. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and

5. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

~ Amount is $400,000 (total direct costs) over 2 to 3 years

Keywords: STEM, technology, humanities

Solicitation number: 15-506

Limitations: Pre-proposals: No more than two in a year as PI, co-PI or PI of a subaward


NEH – Humanities Connections

Date Due: 10/05/17 for projects beginning May 2018, updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance

Amount: $100,000

Summary: Humanities Connections grants seek to expand the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at two- and four-year institutions, offering students in all academic fields new opportunities to develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate. Grant projects focus on connecting the resources and perspectives of the humanities to students’ broader educational and professional goals, regardless of their path of study. Through this new grant program, NEH invites proposals that reflect innovative and imaginative approaches to preparing students for their roles as engaged citizens and productive professionals in a rapidly changing and interdependent world.

Grants support the development and implementation of an integrated set of courses and student engagement activities focusing on significant humanities content. A common topic, theme, or compelling issue or question must link the courses and activities. The linked courses (a minimum of three) may fulfill general education or core curriculum requirements but could also be designed primarily for students in a particular major or course of study. The Humanities Connections program gives special encouragement to projects that foster collaboration between humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and pre-service or professional programs in business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other non-humanities fields.

Humanities Connections projects have two core features: 1. faculty from at least two separate departments or schools at a single institution must collaborate to devise new curricular arrangements; and 2. projects must include provisions for high-impact student engagement activities that relate directly to the topic(s) of the linked courses. These activities could include individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects; opportunities for civic engagement; or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning. Community organizations and cultural institutions can play key roles in this regard.

Keywords: humanities, innovation, community

Limitations: 1. Faculty must come from at least two separate departments or schools in a single institution and 2. Projects must include provisions for high-impact student engagement activities.

Solicitation number: 20161005-AK