OSP FO# 11-014

AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

PROGRAM: NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

OBJECTIVES: This program supports national summer seminars and institutes in the humanities for college and university teachers and for school teachers. These faculty development activities are conducted at colleges, universities, research centers, and other institutions across the country. While program offerings are distinguished by audience (college and university teachers, or school teachers) and by format (seminar or institute), the models share the following goals:

– to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues;
– to contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;
– to build a community of inquiry and to provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and
– to promote effective links between teaching and research in the humanities.

These models allow for considerable variation. For example, seminars may be co-directed, or may include one or more visiting scholars who contribute additional viewpoints. An institute may provide time for individual research, reading, or writing. Such variations should be explained in the proposal, with time and resource allocations fully justified. The site of a seminar or institute should be appropriate to the project, offering good facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. NEH’s Seminars and Institutes program encourages projects designed to help teachers use advanced technologies for accessing resources and engaging students in active learning.

NEH encourages Summer Seminars and Institutes in the following areas: projects for school teachers or college and university faculty designed to strengthen foreign language instruction; projects intended primarily for community-college faculty; and projects that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative.

The Seminars and Institutes program does not support: empirical social scientific research; specific policy studies; educational or technical impact assessments; work undertaken in the pursuit of an academic degree; the preparation or publication of textbooks; projects that focus on pedagogical theory; research on educational methods, tests, or measurements; cognitive psychology; or projects devoted to advocacy.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NEH anticipates that awards for seminars will range between $60,000 and $140,000 in outright funds for a period of 1 year. Awards for institutes will be from $80,000 to $200,000 in outright funds for a period of 15 months. Although the complete cost of a seminar or an institute may be higher, these amounts represent the level of support that can be provided by NEH.

Summer Seminars and Institutes
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 302
Washington, DC 20506
Telephone: (202) 606-8471
Email: sem-inst@neh.gov
Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program information and application material (CFDA# 45.163) may be obtained from the website listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.