National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
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, techniques, or infrastructure 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
Grants are available for early-stage planning, development, and implementation through levels of awards:
- Level I awards 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.
- Level II awards can be used for more fully-formed projects that have completed an initial planning phase. Level II proposals should 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.
- Level III awards 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 NEH or by another funding source.
Amount: Award ranges are dependent on funding levels:
- Level I awards: Grants from $10,000-$50,000 and support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months.
- Level II awards: Grants from $50,001-$100,000 and support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months.
- Level III awards: Grants from $100,001-$325,000 and support projects for up to three years. Additionally, long-standing projects that serve a wide audience frequently require the support of their host institution. To encourage institutions to leverage external funding so as to sustain digital initiatives, applicants may apply for a Sustainability Match. This match, which is available only for Level III projects, allows up to an additional $50,000 in matching funds, which must be matched one-to-one by nonfederal gift funds raised from eligible third parties. This additional funding, which brings the total request to a maximum of $375,000, is designed to encourage robust and creative approaches to sustaining initia tives and resources likely to have enduring impact over the long term.
Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with IRS tax-exempt status; institutions of higher education; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
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