OSP FO# 11-143

AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

PROGRAM: Bridging Cultures: Implementation Grants for Public Programs on “Civility and Democracy” or “The Muslim World and the Humanities”

OBJECTIVES: This program is a part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative. The initiative encourages projects that explore the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes projects that expand both scholarly and public discussion of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide.

This program provides funding for humanities projects that engage people in multiple communities across the nation or throughout a region in reflection on, and discussion of, the theme of “Civility and Democracy” or “The Muslim World and the Humanities.”

Formats for Bridging Cultures Implementation Grants for Public Programs might include:

  • reading and discussion programs;
  • traveling exhibitions that are presented at multiple venues;
  • interpretive websites or other digital formats;
  • panel exhibitions that travel widely, reach a broad audience, and take advantage of complementary programming formats (e.g., reading and discussion series, radio, or other media) to enhance the visitor experience; and
  • other project formats that creatively engage audiences in humanities ideas.

All projects should:

  • build on sound humanities scholarship;
  • deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions;
  • involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and implementation;
  • appeal to broad audiences;
  • approach a subject analytically and interpretively through an appropriate variety of perspectives; and
  • employ appealing and accessible program formats that will actively engage the general public in learning.

ELIGIBILITY: In April 2010 NEH offered Bridging Cultures planning and implementation grants for academic forums and program development workshops on the themes of “Civility and Democracy” and “The Muslim World and the Humanities.” The current grant opportunity is the second phase of the earlier program.

Applicant institutions do not need to have received a grant in the first phase. However, in order to be competitive, applicant institutions should already have engaged in extensive planning comparable to that undertaken in the first phase of the forum and workshop program. The planning should have involved

  • consultation with a national pool of scholars with diverse intellectual perspectives and expertise in humanities disciplines and fields relevant to the theme;
  • consultation with appropriate humanities practitioners, such as librarians, museum professionals, independent producers, public historians, other humanities educators, or with one or more state humanities councils; and
  • collaboration between scholars and practitioners in the development of the proposed public program.

DEADLINE: August 2, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Subject to the level of funding available to NEH in Fiscal Year 2012, NEH will make up to four awards under this grant opportunity. Awards will usually be made for a period of eighteen to thirty-six months and will not exceed $500,000. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds. Cost sharing is not required, however NEH is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding.

Bridging Cultures
Room 511
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506
Telephone: (202) 606-8337
Email: bridgingcultures@neh.gov
Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/BridgingCulturesImplementation.html

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site 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 guidelines and application material (CFDA# 45.164) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff 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.