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National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Deadline: June 6, 2017

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, re-use, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve:

  • Creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities
  • Pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines
  • Revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities

Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

Amount: Grants are available for early-stage planning, development, and implementation. Funding levels are:

  • Level I awards: Grants from $5,000-$40,000 fund exploratory sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. In addition to early planning towards an experimental prototype, Level I proposals can identify a problem or research question, explore a research agenda, or discover appropriate methodologies or technologies for both new projects and projects in need of substantive revision or recovery. Outcomes for Level I projects would likely include reports, position papers, and plans for subsequent steps and future research or development. Level I projects may also fund meetings, workshops, or reports addressing specific topics related to the impact of technology on the humanities. Proposals should include specific plans for broad dissemination of project outcomes. Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months.
  • Level II awards: Grants from $40,001-$75,000 can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept. Level II proposals should therefore include a more articulated plan of work leading to concrete and tangible outcomes, such as working prototypes; detailed plans for upgrading existing or defunct projects in need of substantive revision, enhancement, or recovery; test beds; or demonstration projects. Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months.
  • Level III awards: Grants from $100,000-$325,000 support implementation and scaling-up of already established projects. All projects must already have completed a start-up phase prior to application. The earlier phase of the project could have been supported previously by an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant or by another funding source. Grants support projects for up to three years.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with IRS tax-exempt status; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants

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