External Funding Opportunities
Find Funding using databases
- COS/Pivot (accessible from any IUPUI computer)
- Grants.gov for all federal agencies
- NIH Grants and Funding (Office of Extramural Research)
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
- COS/Pivot Humanities and Social Sciences Funding News (biweekly)
- "Find Funders" at The Foundation Center (accessible from any IUPUI computer)
Find Fellowships Offered by Specific Organizations
- American Council of Learned Societies
- National Humanities Center
- Social Science Research Council
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- The IU Limited Submission website lists fellowship opportunities that limit the number of proposals from one institution. One notable Limited Submission is the NEH Summer Stipends Program.
Federal Agency Programs and Deadlines
(Internal Office of Research Administration (ORA) deadline is one week prior to agency deadline)
National Endowment for the Humanities
The NEH has introduced several new programs, or revamped previous ones, to increase its emphasis on accessible public scholarship, continue its support for digital humanities, and respond to the career world’s need for employees with highly developed critical thinking and communication skills. For all NEH programs, please visit the NEH Grant Programs website. Use the previous year’s guidelines for programs awaiting new guidelines. Most program description web pages feature exemplar proposals to assist applicants in crafting competitive proposals.
Digital Humanities Program
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG)
Deadline: January 16, 2018
Level I: $5,000 - $40,000, up to 18 months
Level II: $40,001 to $75,000, up to 18 months
Level III: $100,000 to $325,000, one to three years
Sustainability Match: Provides additional $50,000 in one-to-one matching funds for Level III projects
Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations.
Humanities Connections Planning Grants
Deadline: October 17, 2017
Up to $35,000 for up to 12 months
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants
Deadline: October 17, 2017
Up to $100,000 for 18-36 months; minimum two faculty from different schools or departments
These 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.
Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
Deadline: June 26, 2018
Up to $100,000 for 1-3 years
This program supports community colleges’ commitment to educating students on a variety of educational and career paths. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college. SLA awardees: Edward Curtis IV and Arthur Farnsley.
Landmarks of American History and Cultures: Workshops for School Teachers
Deadline: February 15, 2018
$160,000 - $180,000
This program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators, using historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.
Summer Seminars and Institutes
Deadline: February 15, 2018
Seminars: $70K-$140K for 12-month project. Institutes: $90K-$200K for 15-month project
Provides funding to host either a summer seminar (16 participants) or institute (25 participants) for school teachers or college and University teachers. The website contains examples of successful proposals. SLA awardees: Edward Curtis IV and Philip Goff.
Public Programs - bringing the ideas and insights of the humanities to general audiences
Digital Projects for the Public
Deadline: June 6, 2018
$30,000 for exploratory-stage projects; $100,000 for proof-of-concept prototyping
This program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities.
Public Humanities Projects
Deadline: January 10, 2018
Planning grants: Up to $40,000
Implementation grants: $50,000 to $400,000
Public Humanities 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. Projects should use one of three formats: Community Conversations, Exhibitions, or Historic Places.
Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: December 6, 20117
$25,000 - $100,000 total costs per year for one to three years
To support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars. Archaeological projects are eligible.
Deadline: April 11, 2018
$4,200 stipend per month for 6-12 months, $50,400 maximum
To support continuous full-time advanced research of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
Summer Stipends (Limited Submission, two per IU campus) Unfortunately, the internal, limited submission deadline has already passed. If you missed it, plan ahead for 2018!
Internal Deadline: July 5, 2017; expected deadline for 2018 is July 2
NEH Deadline: September 27, 2017
Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. See the IU Limited Submission website for further information.
$6,000 for 2 months ($3,000 per month)
Public Scholar Program
Deadline: February 7,2018
$4,200 per month for a maximum 12-month amount of $50,400
The Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship yet address significant humanities themes and be written in a readily accessible style.
National Institutes for Health (NIH)
The NIH uses a Parent Announcement for unsolicited proposals. Read the parent announcements and download electronic application packages for specific funding mechanisms, i.e., R01, etc. by clicking on the links below. The dates given below are standard deadline dates, used for parent announcements, and most PAs and RFAs. Proposals whose deadlines fall on a weekend are due the following business day, usually a Monday.
R01 Research Project Grant, New Submission (PA-16-160)
October 5, 2017; February 5, 2018; June 5, 2018; October 5, 2018
R03 NIH Small Research Grant Program, New (PA-16-162)
R21NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program, New (PA-16-161)
New submissions for both R03 and R21 are due October 16, 2017; February 16, 2018; June 16, 2018; October 16, 2018
November 5, 2017; March 5, 2018; July 5, 2018; November 5, 2018
R03 and R21 Resubmission
November 16, 2017; March 16, 2018; July 16, 2018; November 16, 2018
For new unsolicited proposal, use R01, R21 or R03 parent announcement
January 7, 2018; May 7, 2018; September 8, 2017
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Archaeology and Archaeometry
December 1, 2017; July 1, 2018, annually thereafter
January 16, 2018; July 16, 2018; January 15, 2019
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
July 20, 2018, third Friday in July annual thereafter
January 15, 2018 (Senior); January 16, 2018 (Scholars), annually thereafter; August 15, 2018 (Senior); August 16, 2018 (Scholars), annually thereafter
January 18, 2018, same date annually thereafter; August 18, 2018, same date annually thereafter
January 16, 2018, January 15 annually thereafter; August 15, 2018, same date annually thereafter
August 22, 2018; fourth Wednesday in August thereafter
Other Research Granting Organizations
- Indiana Humanities
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Russell Sage Foundation
- The IU Limited Submission website lists research grant opportunities that limit the number of proposals from one institution.