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Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribal
Agencies for Field Research in the Humanities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs

Conf. Date:

08/10/20

Deadline Date:

09/30/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and tribal governments for field research in the humanities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. Funding is intended to support research using ethnography or archaeology to answer significant humanities research questions.

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to conduct empirical research in the United States or abroad in order to answer questions of importance to the humanities. While the ultimate expectation of such awards is the dissemination of results through publications and other media, the program supports field costs such as travel, accommodation, field staff, field equipment, and salary replacement for the project director and collaborating scholars.

Allowable costs may include:

  • Travel, lodging, and subsistence
  • Permits, fees, and visas for the project personnel
  • Field equipment and supplies
  • Labor, specialists, translators, and other local vendors
  • Salary or salary replacement costs for the project director and compensation for collaborating scholars, including support for foreign individuals who are named as collaborating scholars

NEH Field Research grants also allow for up to $5,000 per 12-month period to be used for conservation or preservation efforts, including site or artifact conservation, community outreach, and public education efforts. NEH strongly encourages applicants to work closely with local collaborators and/or local communities in the co-creation of knowledge, and the preservation of culture, whenever possible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191388

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$800,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 10 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

For projects with a period of performance between four and twelve months, you may request up to $75,000.

For periods of performance lasting more than twelve months, you may request up to $75,000 per year, not to exceed the award ceiling of $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 4 to 36 months, starting as early as June 1, 2021

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

NEH invites applications from institutions in which the Project Director is a scholar in any discipline of the humanities or related subfields of the social sciences who holds a Ph.D. or the equivalent. Junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. While a project may include collaborating scholars, co-project directors are not permitted in this program.

Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Projects whose main focus is research on collections, archives, or legacy data, or whose methods are predominantly laboratory-based, will not be considered in this competition. Similarly, while the ultimate expectation of these awards is public dissemination through peer-reviewed publications and other media, publication costs and manuscript preparation are not permitted in this program.

Field school costs are not permitted. While post-fieldwork analyses or data processing are allowable secondary activities, the primary purpose of the program is to support work in the field.

Funding Restrictions: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Archaeological%20and%20Ethnographic%20Field%20Research%20NOFO%202020_0.pdf#page=26

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a pre-application webinar on August 10 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

This webinar will provide an introduction to a new NEH program dedicated to supporting field research involving archaeological and ethnographic methods. The webinar will summarize the goals of the program, the necessary components of the application, and the criteria used to assess the applications. Participants in the webinar will have a chance to ask questions about the new program and its requirements.

Register online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2146956290828107280

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available: July 21, 2020
- Optional Draft due: August 19, 2020
- Application due: September 30, 2020
- Expected notification date: April 30, 2021
- Project start date: June 1, 2021

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by August 19, 2020. Program officers cannot review drafts submitted after this deadline. Although this optional preliminary review is not part of the formal review process and has no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications.

The due date for applications under this announcement is September 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by e-mail in April 2021.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 in federal matching funds. Matching funds require a one-to-one cost share. For institutions of higher education, if the project director is a tenured faculty member, the applicant must request at least $20,000 in Federal Matching funds.

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS)
2. System for Award Management (SAM)
3. Grants.gov

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328284

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Webinar Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzraNDdgFuk

Contact Information:

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, send it as an attachment to fieldwork@neh.gov.

Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

202-606-8200
TTY: 800-877-8399

CFDA Number:

45.161

Funding or Pin Number:

20200930-RFW

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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