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Enhancing Research in the Humanities & Arts

NOTICE: The ERHA is currently being reviewed as part of the College-wide strategic planning recommendation to establish a Research Academy and a Center for the Arts and Humanities. A final announcement will be made once the review process is completed. For the time being, this program and its associated competition are suspended. If you have questions, please address them to the CLA Office of Research at Thank you.

With the objective of fostering innovation and excellence in the humanities and the arts at Purdue University, the Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts program seeks to encourage faculty to aim for what the University’s strategic plan labels as “breakthrough advancements” that give Purdue a national and international reputation in the humanities and the arts.

Our primary goal is to support innovative, high-performance research that has the potential to generate grant proposals for highly prestigious organizations, such as NEH, NEA, Fulbright, or other highly prestigious philanthropic private organizations that support scholarship in the humanities. In view of this, the program seeks to stimulate innovative arts and humanities research efforts, especially for collecting and analyzing pilot data necessary for preparing and submitting external grant proposals. 


ERHA Submissions should describe the following:

(a) conceptual and/or methodological innovation, 

(b) significant contribution to the arts and humanities literature, and 

(c) planned future external funding sources and programs of the proposed study 


Research projects to be supported with this grant can take any of the following forms:

(a) research proposed to be conducted in the humanities and the arts by individual faculty members; 

(b) collaborative projects among faculty in the humanities and the arts within CLA; and 

(c) collaborative projects between faculty in the humanities or the arts, and faculty in other colleges/disciplines at Purdue University


In all categories, proposals should demonstrate the potential to produce externally funded programs of research. 

A faculty committee appointed by the CLA Dean will evaluate the applications. The CLA Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education will also serve on the committee. The CLA Dean may ask other faculty inside or outside of the college or university to serve as ad-hoc reviewers, where their participation would give the committee the expertise needed for reviewing specific proposals. 

In making the final decisions on grants, whether a faculty member received one of these grants previously may be considered. In judging the proposals, reviewers will be asked to use several criteria: 


(a) the quality of the applicant’s previous research in the humanities or the arts; 

(b) the potential for projects to make significant contributions to knowledge; 

(c) the potential for projects to enhance the visibility and reputations of the applicants and their departments; and 

(d) the degree to which the projects would increase the applicants’ success in future applications for external grants and fellowships. 



All CLA tenured and tenure-track faculty who have plans for research projects in the humanities and the arts are eligible to apply. A faculty member may submit only one application per year. 


Project Report: 

All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1- to 2-page report of the outcomes of their previous grants to the Associate Dean of Research in the CLA Office of Research and Graduate Education ( within 6 months of the close of their project period or before submitting another internal funding proposal. Reports must include information about all grant and fellowship proposals and awards submitted since the funded grant application as well as the status of any publications, exhibitions, presentations, and/or other outcomes of the funded project.  

Reports must include information about all grant and fellowship proposals and awards submitted since the funded grant application as well as the status of publications, exhibitions, presentations and other outcomes of the funded project. 

Previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grant Awards greater than $10,000 must have subsequently submitted external grant/fellowship application requests that total at least $15,000 before another award may be granted for funding from the Enhancing Humanities and Arts, Exploratory Social Science or Global Synergy Grants programs. 

Level of support: 

Proposals can solicit up to $35,000.  

Allowable Expenses:   

Faculty may request funding for a wide variety of research expenses. In particular, funds may be requested for summer salary; for travel to research sites, or to archives with unique collections; for the artist’s expenses in mounting an exhibition or preparing for a performance; for payments to undergraduate research interns, or for graduate research assistant support.   

Funds may be requested for the expenses of participation in workshops or conferences that are necessary for conducting the proposed research and for discussion or dissemination of the outcomes of the research. No funds will be provided for faculty salaries during the academic year. 

(All travel activities should comply with current Purdue COVID and travel policies. Before applying, applicants should become familiar with current Protect Purdue and Travel policies.) 

Submission Deadline:  OCTOBER 17, 11:59 PM. See below for application link.

Submission Process: 

The application will be submitted as a single PDF file via InfoReady. A link will be provided below in due time. Please write your proposal as a draft Word document in advance of starting the submission process. The sections of the proposal are listed below.  

Before submission, please present a draft of your proposal to your department head, and get his or her approval. When you submit your proposal, the DH endorsement will be solicited as part of the submission process.

Please make sure you enter the Purdue Alias of your DH (if different from their email address; this can be checked via the Purdue Directory) – as InfoReady will not recognize anything other than PU Alias, and may fail to notify the DH of the need for endorsement.


ERHA applications should include the following: 

  • Project Title
  • PI Name, Rank/Title, Department, and Expertise Area
  • Co-PI Name(s), Rank(s)/Title(s), Departments, and Expertise Area(s)
  • Short Bios or CVs for PI (and Co-PI or PIs, if applicable)
  • Proposal body (maximum 30,000 characters - including spaces)
    • Abstract (maximum 1,500 characters)
    • Motivation/Significance (maximum 4,000 characters)
    • Scientific Literature/Literature Review (maximum 6,500 characters)
    • Research Questions or Goals (maximum 1,500 characters)
    • Description of Work to be Accomplished (maximum 5,000 characters)
    • Deliverable(s) (maximum 2,500 characters)
    • Team Qualifications and Responsibilities (when >1 investigator) (max 2,500 characters)
    • Work Timeline (with Dates and Descriptions) (maximum 1,500 characters)
    • Bibliographical References (maximum 5,000 characters)
  • Amount of Funding Requested
  • Budget Table (available below)
  • Budget Justification (available below)
  • Future Work Description
  • Grant Sources to be Solicited in the Future
  • URL of Future Grant Solicitation (if available)


*Before submitting an application, please make sure you have updated the Primary Organization and Secondary Organization fields in your InfoReady User Profile!*

(Instructions for Updating InfoReady User Profile) 


Budget Instructions: 

A budget worksheet and budget justification field will be embedded in the body of the form. To facilitate your budget drafting work, the following two documents demonstrate what to expect when you complete the form. The documents do not need to be uploaded or directly used in the form, only the final numbers for overall categories will be needed (Personnel, Fringe and Benefits, Other Expenses). 

Budget Justification with Instructions 

Budget Example 

Also, this Budget Calculator can be used to determine the numbers for the budget. 

For more budgeting information, view this CLA Internal Budgeting Workshop Video presented by Jessica Williams, Pre-Award Specialist III, of Sponsored Program Services. 

For help related to the grant application process contact Mike Hicks, CLA Grants Coordinator, at