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National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Purpose and Eligibility Information

“This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities….
“Proposals … may involve: research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities; planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets; scholarship that examines the philosophical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies; innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.
“Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category. All applicants must propose an innovative approach, method, tool, or idea that has not been used before in the humanities. These grants are modeled, in part, on the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence….
“Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.”

Proposal Categories and Funding Amounts

Two levels of awards will be made in this program. Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level I Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 in outright funding.
Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or the creation of working prototypes. Level II Grants range from $30,001 to $60,000 in outright funding.

Application Deadline: September 25, 2012

Applications must include a list of participants, a one paragraph abstract (up to 1000 characters) written for a non-specialist audience; narrative (up to three pages for Level I proposals; six pages for Level II) providing an intellectual justification for the project and a work plan; a budget; brief biographies of program participants; and letters of support from experts in the project’s subject area, methodology or technical plan.

For complete information on this program and proposal submission guidelines, please see

Summer Stipends

Purpose and Restrictions

Award Amount, Duration and Conditions

Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Project Director Qualifications

The Summer Stipends program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants with college or university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions.

All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2012

For complete information on this program and proposal submission guidelines, please see

Spencer Foundation

Research on Educational Improvement

The Spencer Foundation provides grants for research on the improvement of education. The Spencer Foundation’s research grant-making activities are organized through four Areas of Inquiry identified by the Foundation as having “fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement.” At the present time, these are:

Proposals that align with the foundation’s mission but that do not fit in one of these broad categories may be submitted through their Field-Initiated Proposals program.
Furthermore, the Spencer Foundation has identified three on-going Strategic Initiatives for longer range research efforts (5-10 years):

Funding Availability: The Spencer Foundation considers grant proposals up to $40,000 to be small grants, and proposals over $40,000 to be major grants. Researchers requesting major grants are required to submit preliminary proposals to ascertain Foundation interest prior to submitting a full proposal. Due to economic conditions, the Foundation anticipates funding approximately 10-15% of the Small Grant proposals it received in 2009.

Deadlines: The Spencer Foundation has identified the following upcoming deadlines in 2010 for small grant proposals under their Areas of Inquiry. These are April 30th, 2010, July 9th, 2012, October 1st, 2012, and November 19th, 2012. These deadlines also apply to Field-Initiated Proposals. They recommend that the proposed start date for your project be no sooner than 4 months following the deadline to which you submit.
PIs preparing a proposal responding to one of the Strategic Initiatives should consult the guidelines for that particular initiative for any applicable deadlines.

Links to detailed descriptions of each Area of Inquiry and Strategic Initiative are linked to from this page: Guidelines for the Areas of Inquiry and Strategic Initiatives can be found through this page:

Foundation for Child Development
New American Children Young Scholars Program

Purpose of the Grant

"The Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a competitive program which annually selects up to four early career researchers (tenure-track or tenured in the last four years) to support their scholarly development and research on the education and health of young children (from birth to age 10) living in low-income immigrant families.

The Scholars are connected with senior mentors and national networks. FCD usually sponsors two networking meetings annually. The goals of these meetings are for Young Scholars to: (1) network with each other as well as with senior researchers and funders—public and private; and (2) develop skills to communicate findings from their FCD-funded work to policymakers and community organizations.

This growing cohort of Scholars, now totaling 37, is creating a greater understanding of the lives of immigrant children, addressing questions such as: What are the consequences of early exposure to multiple languages? What factors contribute to the higher obesity rates in children of immigrants? And how did welfare legislation affect immigrant children’s access to health services in different states?"


“In order to apply, eligible researchers will have earned their doctoral degrees within the last 15 years, and be full-time, tenure-track or recently tenured faculty members of a college or university in the United States. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent in one of the behavioral and social sciences or in an applied professional field (e.g., public policy, public health, education, social work, nursing, medicine). Up to four fellowships of up to $150,000 for use over one to three years will be awarded competitively. Please note individuals with lecturer positions or their equivalent are not eligible for the fellowships. Funds are not provided for international data collection.”

Funding Amount and Duration

Up to $150,000, for use over 1-3 years. May be used for research expenses and salary support.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2012. Awards to be announced in May 2013 for research to begin no later than August 2013.

For a complete description of the program and its priorities, please see

Allen Foundation

The Allen Foundation makes grants for the following purposes:

Academic research under an Allen Foundation grant must be conducted under the leadership of a principal investigator (PI) who is a full-time regular faculty member with tenure or on tenure track. Research projects that are pre-clinical or translational in nature, i.e., utilizing animal models, as well as human/clinical studies are eligible for consideration for possible funding. An application requires the following: (1) an abbreviated curriculum vitae for the PI; (2) a short statement of the performance and leadership qualifications of the PI to undertake the project and the suitability of the environment in which the project will be conducted; (3); the name with full contact information (mailing address, email, and fax number) of the person or office in charge of institution internal review of all proposals for sponsored projects that are submitted to external agencies prior to their submission; and (4) full contact information, if applicable, regarding institution oversight of projects involving humans or experimental animals. If the board of trustees desires further documentation or additional materials, it will contact the office or person named in the application.

Proposals received by December 31st will be considered for awards to be announced in June 2013. For more information on the Allen Foundation, please visit