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Funding for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is committed to promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. An independent federal agency, the NEH is currently one of the largest funders of the humanities in the United States. The NEH aims to facilitate research and original scholarship, strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges and provide access to cultural and educational resources to promote lifelong learning.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $5.92 billion, they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

US Department of Education (DOE)

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 when several offices from different federal agencies were combined. Their $68 billion budget is to be used to establish and monitor federal policies on educational funding, collect data on American schools, bring attention to important educational issues and ensure equal access to education.


Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and seeks to build understanding between U.S. citizens and those of other countries. Founded in 1946, Fulbright funding comes from Congress and exceeded $230 million in 2011. They give out 8,000 grants annually, with approximately 1,200 of those going to scholars. Specific to the School of the Arts, the Fulbright Program sponsors projects in the following areas of study, among others:

  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Performance Art is the online clearinghouse for all Federal grant opportunities. To search for Federal funding opportunities, go to and click on "Find Grant Opportunities" in the navigation bar on the left side of the page. This will take you to a page where you can search by Agency, Keyword, CFDA number, or other factors. This search will generate a list of RFPs that are currently in the system. Pay close attention to deadline and closing dates, as well as eligibility requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to submit through without the help of your Grants Coordinator. The system has extensive credential requirements that have already been satisfied for Clemson University by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Do not attempt to obtain another "account" with!

It is also important to note that and PureEdge/Adobe work best with the Internet Explorer browser. You may encounter problems when using Firefox or other browsers.

If your computer will not support PureEdge software, you can contact our office with the specifics of your chosen opportunity (solicitation number, CFDA number, sponsoring agency, etc), and we can download the package and assist you in completing it.

Remember, all submissions must be completed by the AAH Grants Coordinator through the Office of Sponsored Programs!


InfoEd is the electronic research administration software that Clemson University uses to track your grant proposals. The software also has a component that allows you to receive customized daily emails of funding opportunities from Federal, non-profit, and private sources!

To set up an InfoEd profile, please contact Karen Pless in the Office of Sponsored Programs at or by phone at 864 656-6182.