Promotion of the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities

To support innovative humanities projects that utilize or study the impact of digital technology for research, preservation, access, education, and public programming.


Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Past recipients of Office of Digital Humanities grant awards may be found in the NEH?s Funded Projects Query Form, found at:

Fiscal Year 2017: Past recipients of Office of Digital Humanities grant awards may be found in the NEH?s Funded Projects Query Form, found at:

Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Agency - National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 199,688   2022-09-012025-08-31
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York, The $ 247,399   2022-09-012025-08-31
Alexandria Archive Institute Inc $ 240,312   2022-09-012025-08-31
University Of Connecticut $ 249,566   2022-09-012025-02-28
William Marsh Rice University $ 149,489   2022-02-012025-01-31
Trustees Of Princeton University, The $ 147,399   2022-02-012025-01-31
University Of Arizona $ 324,573   2022-01-012024-12-31
Saint Louis University $ 225,000   2022-01-012024-12-31
Carnegie Mellon University $ 324,931   2022-01-012024-12-31
University Of Richmond $ 324,693   2022-01-012024-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 239 grants applications and 34 grants awarded/. Fiscal Year 2017: 292 applications and 41 grants awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants support large-scale training institutes or seminars on advanced topics in the digital humanities that explore new technology-driven methodologies; innovative start-up projects that are in the first phases of planning, brainstorming, and creating prototypes that explore the use or impact of digital technology for the humanities; the broader implementation of innovative projects in the digital humanities that have moved beyond the start-up phase; projects that explore and enrich humanities materials using digital technology, thereby enhancing teaching, research, and public access.

Expenses may include salaries and wages, consultant and other contract services, supplies and limited equipment purchases, travel, and per diem.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


nonprofit organizations or institutions; state and local governmental agencies and Native American tribal organizations; and U.S.

citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately prior to the time of application.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions; state and local governmental agencies and Native American tribal organizations; and U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately prior to the time of application.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations apply. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal, and review draft proposals.

These comments are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but applicants in other programs have found them helpful in strengthening their applications.

Program staff recommend that draft proposals be submitted six weeks before the deadline.

Time restraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.

Draft proposals may be submitted by E-mail attachment (

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applications for this program must be submitted via Grants.Gov. Before using for the first time, each organization must register with the Web site to create an institutional profile.

Award Procedures

Knowledgeable persons outside NEH will read each application and advise the agency about its merits. The Endowment's staff comments on matters of fact or on significant issues that otherwise would be missing from these reviews, then makes recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets at various times during the year to advise the NEH chairman on grants. The chairman takes into account the advice provided by the review process and, by law, makes all funding decisions.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Applicants will be notified by mail within six months after the submission of the application.


Applicant may request written reasons for rejection and reapply with revised proposal to a subsequent application deadline.


Renewal grants are processed and awarded in competition with and in the same manner as new applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically 6 to 24 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

A Federal Cash Transactions Report will be due within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

A final Financial Status Report will be due within 90 days after the completion date of the award period.

Final performance reports will be required.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.


Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,747,437; FY 17 est $4,455,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Awaiting FY18 Appropriations Ac) - FY 16 obligations include additional funding provided by the Common Good.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 09 from $35000 to $325000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, 'Humanities' by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $33.60 foreign).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities 400 Seventh St. SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: Phone: 202-606-8400

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria used to determine funding priorities include the (1) intellectual significance of the long-term project, including its potential to enhance research, teaching, and learning in the humanities; the likelihood that it will stimulate new research or approaches to the humanities or use new digital technologies to communicate humanities scholarship to broad audiences; its relationship to larger themes in the humanities; and the significance of the material on which the project is based; (2) the appropriateness of the proposed methods; the appropriateness of the technology employed in the project; the feasibility of the work plan; (3) qualifications, expertise, and levels of commitment of the project director and key project staff or contributors; (4) promise of quality, usefulness to the targeted audience, and/or impact on scholarship of the long-term project; soundness of the dissemination plans, including benefit to the audience identified in the proposal and the strength of the case for employing print, microform, digital format, or a combination of media; (5) quality of the assessment and evaluation of the activities, and the potential contribution of this evaluation to the realization of the long-term goals; and (6) potential for success, including the likelihood that the work proposed will be completed within the projected time frame; where appropriate, the project's previous record of success; and the reasonableness of the proposed budget in relation to anticipated results.

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