The following funding opportunities notice is being sent to department chairs and administrators in the Arts & Humanities.  Please distribute as appropriate.
FAS Research Development
Opportunities in the Arts and Humanities
February, 2013

Upcoming Event: 
  • National Endowment for the Arts - Visit from Literature Program Officers 
Funding Opportunities: 
  • Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities  
  • Doris Duke Foundation Fund for National Projects  
  • Templeton Foundation Core Funding Areas  
  • NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development 

NEA Program Officer Visit - Literature Programs
March 6, 2013 2:00-3:00pm
Emerson College Iwasaki Libarary (3rd Floor, Walker Building, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116)
RSVP by February 28 to

National Endowment for the Arts' Director of Literature, Ira Silverberg and Amy Stolls, the regional NEA Program Officer for Literature will visit Emerson College on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Faculty from all creative writing and literature programs in the Boston area are invited to join this rare visit to learn about NEA fellowships and literature grants.  This will be an informal coffee and conversation with opportunity for questions.  


Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise noted, full proposals must be submitted to OSP for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.  For questions regarding any of the opportunities listed below, please contact Erin Cromack, Research Development Officer, at or 617-496-5252

Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities
Deadline: March 1, 2013 (review by OSP not required)
Award Amount: up to $7,500.
Target Disciplines: All 

This fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the Arts and Humanities, both within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and for projects emerging outside the FAS. Proposals might include (but are by no means limited to) performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). They may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS and the University as well as with colleagues beyond the University. In the same spirit, they may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character.   


For more information, see here.  

Doris Duke Foundation
Fund for National Projects
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2013 (review by OSP not required for LOI)
Award Amount: Up to $200,000.  Cannot exceed 40% of a project's total cost.
Target Disciplines: performing arts 

The Fund for National Projects supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre such as:  

  • Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
  • Special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
  • Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.  Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.


For more information, see here.  

John Templeton Foundation
Core Funding Areas
Online Funding Inquiry Deadline: April 1, 2013 (review by OSP not required for initial funding inquiry)
Eligible Disciplines: All

The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting Online Funding Inquiries for its Core Funding Areas:

  • Science and the Big Questions:
    • Mathematical & Physical Sciences: Projects that focus on foundational questions in mathematics or that seek a deeper understanding of the nature of reality within the realm of physics, cosmology, astronomy, chemistry, or other physical sciences.  
    • Life Sciences: Projects investigating the evolution and fundamental nature of life, human life, and mind, especially as they relate to issues of meaning and purpose.
    • Human Sciences: Projects that apply the tools of anthropology, sociology, political science, and psychology to the various moral and spiritual concepts identified by Sir John Templeton. These include altruism, creativity, free will, generosity, gratitude, intellect, love, prayer, and purpose.
    • Philosophy & Theology: Projects that attempt to develop new philosophical and theological insights, especially (but not only) in relation to advances in scientific understanding.
    • Science in Dialogue: Projects that bring one or more scientific disciplines into a mutually enriching discussion with theology and/or philosophy, whether for a scholarly audience or the public at large.
  • Character Development: Programs, publications, and studies focused on the universal truths of character development, from childhood through young adulthood and beyond.  
  • Freedom and Free Enterprise: Programs intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profitmaking enterprise.
  • Exceptional Talent and Genius: The Foundation supports accelerated learning for students capable of working well beyond their grade level and national studies of the issue.  

For more information, see here

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Research and Development
Deadline: May 1, 2013
Award Amount: up to $350,000 for three years
Eligible Disciplines: languages; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; social sciences with humanistic content and methods

Preservation and Access Research and Development grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence-and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials.  Applicants should define a specific problem, devise procedures and potential solutions, and explain how they would evaluate their projects and disseminate their findings. Project results must serve the needs of a significant number of humanists.


For more information, see here


Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer
Unless otherwise noted, all applications must be submitted to OSP for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.