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National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of 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
  • Conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement

Awards are available at three funding levels to support early-stage planning, development, and implementation. Applicants should carefully choose the funding level appropriate to the scope and maturity of the proposed project.

  • Level I awards are small grants designed to fund exploratory sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. In addition to early planning towards experimental prototypes, 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 digital humanities projects in need of substantive revision or recovery. Outcomes for Level I projects may include reports, position papers, and plans for subsequent steps and future research or development. Level I projects may fund meetings, workshops, or reports addressing specific topics related to the impact of technology on the humanities. Level I projects may also support planning for the revitalization and/or recovery of existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantially to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.
  • Level II awards are intended to support projects that have completed an initial planning phase. Level II proposals should include a well-defined plan of work leading to concrete and tangible outcomes, such as working prototypes or code, sample data sets or models, methodological workflows, and/or documentation.
  • Level III awards support scaling-up and expansion of established projects. Level III projects must already have completed a start-up or prototyping phase prior to submitting an application, and must demonstrate project success, discuss targeted user communities, and offer strong plans for dissemination and documentation based on user needs.

Amount: Approximately $4,000,000 is available to make 25-35 awards, as follows:

  • Level I: $10,000-$50,000 for a period of performance of 24 months
  • Level II: $50,001-$100,000 for a period of performance of 24 months
  • Level III: $100,001-$325,000 for a period of performance of 36 months

An additional $50,000 per project in matching funds may be available for Level III applicants.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited public or 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322055

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