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NEH 101: Opportunities and Initiatives Boston University 28 February 2014 Daniel Sack Program Officer, Division of Research Programs National Endowment.

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1 NEH 101: Opportunities and Initiatives Boston University 28 February 2014 Daniel Sack Program Officer, Division of Research Programs National Endowment for the Humanities

2 NEH 101 NEH is funded by you

3 NEH 101 “The practice of art and the study of the humanities require constant dedication and devotion. While no government can call a great artist or scholar into existence, it is necessary and appropriate for the Federal Government to help create and sustain not only a climate encouraging freedom of thought, imagination, and inquiry but also the material conditions facilitating the release of this creative talent.” National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965

4 NEH 101 NEH is funded by you NEH is run by people like you

5 NEH 101 NEH is funded by you NEH is run by people like you NEH makes awards in all areas of the humanities

6 What are the Humanities? Art History Literature History Ethics and Law Language, Literature and Linguistics Archaeology Philosophy and Religion Social Sciences

7 NEH 101 NEH is funded by you NEH is run by people like you NEH makes awards in all areas of the humanities Grant programs offered by 7 divisions

8 Division of Research Grants support individuals and teams of scholars pursuing advanced research in the humanities that will contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities.

9 Grants that support research and creation of: Articles Books Digital materials Archaeological site reports Translations Editions Other scholarly resources in the humanities Fellowships and Awards for Faculty Summer Stipends

10 Collaborative Research Scholarly Editions and Translations

11 For Individual Scholars NEH Fellowships (6-12 months) – May 1 Awards for Faculty at HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs – April 15 Summer Stipends (8 weeks) –September 30 For Teams of Scholars Collaborative Research – December 9 Scholarly Editions & Translations – December 9 Lakshmi Srinivas, University of Massachusetts, Boston: Indian Cinema and the Active Audience: An Ethnographic Study (Fellowships) Nina Silber, Boston University: The Civil War in American Life, (Summer Stipend) Julia Flanders, Northeastern University: Cultures of Reception: Transatlantic Readership and the Construction of Women's Literary History (Collaborative Research) Walter Fluker, Boston University: The Howard Thurman Papers Project (Scholarly Editions

12 Division of Education Grants strengthen teaching and learning through new or revised curricula and materials, collaborative study, seminars, and institutes.

13 Summer Seminars and Institutes

14 Summer Seminars and Institutes – March 4 Landmark Workshops for School and Two-Year College Teachers – March 4 Humanities Initiatives at HBCUs, IHHEs, and TCUs – June 26 Enduring Questions – September 11 Mary Fuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: English Encounters with the Americas, : Sources and Methods (Seminar) Peter Gibbon, Boston University: Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment to the Postmodern Era (Institute) Evgenia Cherkasova, Suffolk University: "What Is the Meaning of Life?" (Enduring Questions) John Partridge, Wheaton College: "What is the Good Life?" (Enduring Questions)

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16 Division of Preservation and Access Grants to preserve archival holdings (including digitization); enhance access to materials; train preservationists; and produce reference works for scholarly research, education, and public programming.

17 Preservation Assistance Grants – May 1 Research and Development Project Grants – May 1 Education and Training Grants – May 1 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources – July 17 Documenting Endangered Languages (with NSF) – September 15 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections – December 3 National Digital Newspaper Program – January 15 Emerson College: Archives Preservation Assessment (Preservation Assistance) Boston Symphony Orchestra: Archives Content Digitization and Accessibility Project (Humanities Collections) Historic New England: Haverhill Center Environment and Storage Project (Sustaining Cultural Heritage) Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Digital Preservation Management (Preservation Education and Training)

18 Division of Public Programs Public humanities programs reach large and diverse audiences through a variety of formats—interpretation at historic sites, television and radio productions, museum exhibitions, Web sites and other digital media.

19 Media Projects – August 13 Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations – August 13 NEH on the Road Exhibitions – December 31 Worcester Center for Crafts: NEH on the Road: Carnaval WGBH: American Experience: Murder of a President Peabody Essex Museum: Asia in Amsterdam Exhibition Planning Grant

20 Office of Digital Humanities Encourages innovations in the digital humanities through research that brings new approaches or documents best practices; creation of digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources; and examination of the philosophical implications and impact of emerging technologies.

21 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants—September 11 Digital Humanities Implementation Grants—February 19 Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities—March 11 Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University: Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers (Start-Up) James Paradis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Annotation Studio: Multimedia Annotation for Students (Implementation) Tufts University: Working with Text in a Digital Age (Institute) Peter K. Bol, Harvard University: Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts (Digging Into Data)

22 Office of Challenge Grants Institution-building grants to improve humanities programs and carry out long-term plans for strengthening basic resources, and enhance financial stability.

23 Deadline – May 1 U.S.S. Constitution Museum: Sharing the Stories: Research and Interpretation Bentley University: The Humanities in a Business University Peabody Essex Museum: Endowment of Curator of Photography

24 Office of Federal/State Partnership

25 Humanities magazine News from the Endowment Interesting scholarship The latest deadlines

26 NEH 101 NEH is funded by you NEH is run by people like you NEH makes awards in all areas of the humanities 7 divisions make awards All grant information is at neh.gov

27 Application information Grant database Match your project to a program

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33 Applications For Individual Grants Application schedule: Annual grant cycle (Fellowships in early May, Summer Stipends in late September) for the following academic year. Results announced eight months later (i.e. if you want funding sometime in the next 1-2 years, you should start thinking about it now). Requirements: 3 page single-spaced narrative, 1 page bibliography, 2 page c.v., 2 letters of recommendation.

34 Applications For Individual Grants Fundable: Research, writing, scholarly monographs, synthetic works, translation, preparation of research tools (e.g., editions, databases), archaeological work. Not fundable: Projects that seek to promote a particular political, philosophical, religious, or ideological point of view, or a particular program of social action; pedagogical tools (e.g., textbooks); creative or performing arts; doctoral dissertations or theses. *Rarely support revisions for readers’ reports.

35 Grants.gov Register Your foundation relations office can help.

36 NEH 101 NEH is funded by you NEH is run by people like you NEH makes awards in all areas of the humanities 7 divisions make awards All grant information is at neh.gov All applications are peer reviewed

37 Peer Review Panel NEH Staff National Council Chairman Stages of Review

38 Peer Review Panels We group applications by field Each set is assigned to a 4 or 5 member panel Panelists are recruited for regional, institutional, career diversity Panelists are experts and generalists Recruit panelists most likely to give an application a sympathetic read Panelists rate applications, and generally discuss the top-rated 15 or 20

39 NEH Funding Rates Fellowships (FY 2014): Received 1085 applications, funded 72 (7%) Awards for Faculty (FY 2014): Received 101 applications, funded 10 (8%) Summer Stipends (FY 2013): Received 920 applications, funded 78 (8%)

40 Questions? Daniel Sack Division of Research Programs 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 318 Washington, DC Also: /


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