HES New Initiatives Fund

The History of Economics Society was formally constituted in 1974 to promote interest in the history of economics and related disciplines; to facilitate communication and discourse among scholars working in the field of the history of economics; and to disseminate knowledge about the history of economics.

Created in 2013, the New Initiatives Fund is one of the most recent instruments devised by the society to fulfill its institutional goals. The program supports projects that promise to benefit the larger community of historians of economics. These might involve creating opportunities to further interaction, disseminating knowledge and access to resources, engaging younger scholars, reaching out to broader audiences both within and outside of academia, and other endeavors that promote a public good for our community.

The title New Initiatives Fund signals our openness to creative, out-of-the-box proposals. Our purpose is to rely on the knowledge, experience and insight of our members to devise ways to promote and improve the field. Initiatives funded in the past have ranged from summer schools, through digital resources to a podcast series (see full list below).

Competition for funding is open to HES members only. The Society allocates a total of $35,000 per year in support of New Initiatives. Proposals may request any amount up to the annual budget. The submissions received will be vetted by a New Initiatives Committee appointed by the HES President; recommendations of this committee are then voted on by the full Executive Committee. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the ways in which the project could have a lasting impact in the field and support the mission of HES, as specified above.

Multi-year initiatives will be viewed more favorably if they include plausible plans for developing independent sources of ongoing funding. Funding from the Society is not an ongoing commitment but may be renewed at the committee’s discretion.

As a small, academic nonprofit organization, it is the policy of the HES is to not to pay overhead on grants unless in exceptional circumstances.


Guidelines and Proposal Format

Proposals should not exceed 1,500 words and must include the following:

1. Cover page providing the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of all proposers.
2. Project narrative addressing:
  • Need for and objectives of the project;
  • Tentative dates, proposed location, as applicable;
  • Project design including the major features and specific activities of the project and how they relate to the goals of the History of Economics Society;
  • Strategy for project evaluation;
  • Personnel who will be involved in the project and their roles
3. A detailed budget indicating how the dollar figure requested was determined, how the money will be used and when.
4. A one-page vita from each applicant, highlighting professional activities relevant to the proposal and any previous experience managing grants, organizing conferences, etc.

Each grant recipient must submit a report to the HES President following the completion of the project specifying how the funds were utilized, summarizing the activities, and reporting on evaluation results.


How to Apply

Proposals should be submitted electronically as PDF files to the History of Economics Society Manager at hes@uwosh.edu. They will be received and evaluated following two annual deadlines: December 1st (with decisions announced late in January) and May 15th (with decisions announced early in July).



     New Initiatives Proposals Selected in the Past
Grant Round Title Proponents
December 2021 Oral Histories: The Computerization of Economics Sergi, Dechaux, Chassonnery-Zaïgouche. Jullien, Dellcey, and Plassard
May 2021 Digital Archive for the History of African Economic Thought Gerardo Serra
December 2020 Mapping Macroeconomics Pedro Garcia Duarte, Aurélien Goutsmedt, Alexandre Truc
December 2020 Building OnTRAQH (Online Tool for Recording and Analyzing Quotation Histories) Richard van den Berg and José de Kruif
May 2020 Undergraduate Research Journal in the History of Economic Thought Aida Ramos
December 2019 Diversifying and Decolonising the History of Economics Workshop Danielle Guizzo, Ariane Hillig, Reinhard Schumacher
December 2019 JHET Online Writing Workshops Pedro Garcia Duarte, Jimena Hurtado Prieto
December 2018 Winter Institute Ross Emmett, Scott Scheall, and Tyler DesRoches
May 2017 History of Macroeconometric Modeling Marcel Boumans, Pedro Duarte, Beatrice Cherrier, Kevin Hoover, Roger Backhouse
December 2016 The Architecture, Experience, and Aftermath of a Financial Disaster: John Law and the Mississippi Bubble Carl Wennerlind
December 2016 Podcasts on the History of Economic Thought

Podcasts – Budget

Scott Scheall, Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak, and Gerardo Serra
May 2016 From Scotland to the South of the Mediterranean : The Thought of Adam Smith through Europe and Beyond Fabrizio Simon
May 2016 Second Latin American Summer School for Young Scholars in the History of Economic Thought (HESSLA) Andrés Álvarez, Alexandre Mendes Cunha, Jimena Hurtado, Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak
December 2015 A Workshop on “Historicizing ‘The Economy’” Adam E. Leeds, Onur Özgöde, Daniel Hirschman
May 2015 HISRECO 2016 (History of Recent Economics Conference) Pedro Garcia Duarte, Yann Giraud
December 2014 First Latin American Summer School for Young Scholars in the History of Economic Thought (HESSLA) Andrés Álvarez, Alexandre Mendes Cunha, Jimena Hurtado, Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak
May 2014 Mapping Economics since the 1950s : An open-access web platform for the visual exploration of economic publications François Claveau, Till Düppe and Yves Gingras
May 2014 The Montréal Summer School in the History of Science and Economics Till Düppe, Juan Carvajalino, and Alessandro Barattieri