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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
to Support Humanities Fellowships

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

08/26/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to support fellowships that facilitate quality research and advanced study. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support institutions that provide fellowships devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities in the United States and abroad, foster communities of intellectual exchange among participating scholars, and provide access to resources that might otherwise not be available to the participating scholars.

As the nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of our core principles of government. The agency-wide “A More Perfect Union” initiative will help Americans better understand the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and how our founding ideals are met in a modern, pluralistic society. For more information, see https://www.neh.gov/250.

NEH welcomes consideration of diverse topics in American history, from Native American culture to rural life to the rise of the industrial city, from the Civil War to the Cold War to the Civil Rights movement, etc. Acceptable projects are those that examine foundational documents in U.S. history, as well as projects that examine historical objects, places, traditions, events, and individuals who collectively shaped our states and nation. Applications about the contributions of underrepresented communities are highly encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164803

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,900,000

Number of Grants:

Expected to fund up to ten recipients.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $1

Applicants may apply for a ceiling of up to $400,000. Applicants may request the full amount in outright funds, or may request up to $200,000 in federal matching funds.

FPIRI awards support fellowship stipends at a rate of $5,000 per month and up to $5,000 total per year for the costs of selecting fellows.

Term of Contract:

Up to 42 months. All projects must begin on January 1, 2022 and end no later than June 30, 2025 (the end of the final academic year in which fellowships are awarded).

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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the U.S.; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting humanities research in foreign countries. Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships.

To be eligible for the FPIRI program, an organization must be a U.S. nonprofit institution with its own 501(c)(3) status, a state or local governmental agency, or a federally recognized Native American tribal government, and must meet the following criteria:
- The applicant organization must have established and maintained a fellowship program for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for this program.
- The applicant organization must be financed, governed, and administered independently of institutions of higher education. To demonstrate its independence, the applicant must meet all of the following conditions:
a) It must be financially independent from institutions of higher education, with no single college or university contributing more than 49 percent to the applicant
organization’s annual operating budget (including in-kind donations such as workspace, administrative support, etc.).
b) It must be governed by its own board of trustees, with a majority of members from no single institution of higher education.
c) It must be administered by a professional, independent chief executive officer or equivalent.

Individuals, institutions of higher education, and foreign entities are not eligible to apply.

For information on fellow/participant eligibility, please see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/FPIRI%202020%20NOFO%2020200826-RA.pdf#page=8

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available July 8, 2020
- Optional Draft due July 15, 2020
- Application due August 26, 2020
- Expected notification date April 30, 2021
- Project start date January 1, 2022

In evaluating applications, consideration is given to the library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources—either on site or nearby—that institutions make available to fellows.

In order to apply through Grants.gov, the applicant organization must first have or obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and register (or have an active registration) in the System for Award Management (SAM). 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.
- Dun and Bradstreet: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
- System for Award Management (SAM): https://www.sam.gov/SAM/
- Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328038
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Cost sharing is not required in this program unless federal matching funds are requested.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=328038&origin=vgo-apply

For questions, contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Research Programs at:
Tel: 202-606-8200
Email: fpiri@neh.gov
TTY: 800-877-8399

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

CFDA Number:

45.161

Funding or Pin Number:

20200826-RA

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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