National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs
12/01/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs for the translation and preparation of humanities texts. Applications are encouraged for long-term and short-term editorial projects, as well as projects that are at a planning stage. The program supports continuous full-time or part-time activities. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively.
The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program provides grants to organizations to support collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to learning and research but are currently inaccessible or are available only in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.
Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Editions and translations produced with NEH support must contain scholarly apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format, including introductions and annotations that explain form, transmission, and its historical and intellectual contexts. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method of translation adopted for the proposed work.
In addition to English-language texts, organizations may submit proposals for editions of foreign language texts in the original language or the translations of foreign language texts into English.
The dissemination of edited materials may be in print or digital formats, or a combination of both. NEH expects recipients to provide broad access to all NEH-funded products, insofar as the condition of the materials and intellectual property rights allow. NEH strongly encourages projects that offer free public access to digital materials.
NEH encourages applications from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
NEH Areas of Interest
NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas:
“A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary”
As the USA approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of the country's core principles of government. The agency-wide “A More Perfect Union” initiative will help Americans better understand the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and how its founding ideals are met in a modern, pluralistic society.
NEH welcomes consideration of diverse topics in American history, from Native American culture to rural life to the rise of the industrial city, from the Civil War to the Cold War to the Civil Rights movement, etc. NEHH also seeks projects that examine foundational documents in U.S. history, etc., as well as projects that examine historical objects, places, traditions, events, and individuals who collectively shaped the states and nation. Applications about the contributions of underrepresented communities are highly encouraged.
In addition, NEH especially encourages projects that include Native American organizations and communities as lead applicants and project partners.
GrantWatch ID#: 151063
Approximately 20 grants per deadline.
- Applicants may apply for awards up to $300,000 in outright funds or federal matching funds, not to exceed $100,000 per year. In addition, applicants submitting proposals that respond to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary may request up to an additional $150,000 in federal matching funds not to exceed $50,000 per year.
- Projects at a planning stage are encouraged to apply for one or two years of support for up to $75,000 per year or less.
Period of Performance: One to three years with a start date as early as October 1, 2021, and as late as September 1, 2022 (for proposals submitted for the 2020 deadline) or as early as October 1, 2022 and as late as September 1, 2023 (for proposals submitted for the 2021 deadline).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you choose to submit a draft proposal, email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about this program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
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