College of Liberal Arts

Limited Submission: NEH - Challenge Grants in the United States History and Culture

Nominations due to Dean Slesnick by 1/8/10

Friday Jan 8, 2010

Sponsor:         National Endowment for the Humanities

Program:         Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture

Limitations:      ONE proposal

Program Guidelines:      The complete solicitation can be found at <> for review.

Internal Review Procedures:

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to <>  no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2010:   

1. Dean's or Dean Designate’s Letter of Nomination

2. One page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of the proposed research project.

3. The bio sketch of the UT PI

Each department should submit all proposals forward with a ranking from the Dean/Associate Dean for Research.

Program Description:   NEH invites applications for Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture.  This grant opportunity is designed to help institutions and organizations strengthen their ability to explore significant themes and events in American history, so as to advance our understanding of how – since the nation’s founding – these events have and been shaped by American identity and culture.  NEH seeks to support a range of approaches to the American experience: for example, approaches might explore significant events in America’s history, its democratic institutions, the political principles on which the nation is founded, or the complicated mix of peoples and cultures that have formed America.  Also welcome are proposals that seek support for the study of the history  and culture of the United States in international contexts rather than in isolation – proposal that explore the relationships with other nations and culture that have profoundly affected the course of United States history.  NEH also welcomes proposals for programming at America’s historic places (e.g., historic sites, neighborhoods, communities, or larger geographical regions).

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources.  Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds (that is, funds that are invested, with both the income and the principal being expended over a defined period of years) that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities.  Funds may also be used for one-time capital expenditures (such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, and acquisitions) that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.

Successful applicants will be offered a matching grant.  The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the humanities needs and the fundraising capacity of the institution.  The federal portions of the NEH challenge grants have ranged in recent years from $30,000 to $1 million, the maximum amount that may be requested.  Potential applicants are encouraged to consult with NEH staff about the amount of their request.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.

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