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National Endowment for the Humanities: Research and Development

Deadline: June 8, 2017

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science.

All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

Research and Development offers two funding tiers in order to address projects at all stages of development and implementation:

Tier I: Planning and Basic Research

  • Planning and preliminary work for large-scale research and development projects
  • Stand-alone basic research projects, such as case studies, experiments, or the development of methods, models, and tools

Tier II: Advanced Implementation

  • The development of standards, practices, methodologies, or workflows for preserving and creating access to humanities collections
  • Applied research addressing preservation and access issues concerning humanities collections

Amount: Tier I projects maximum award is $75,000 for up to two years. Tier II projects maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of National Endowment for the Humanities funds.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Link: https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/research-and-development

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