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Deadline: January 4, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior: Preservation Technology and Training Grants

Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the National Park Service’s innovation center for the preservation community.

PTT Grants will support the following activities:

  • Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources
  • Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs
  • How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice

NCPTT funds projects within several overlapping disciplinary areas. These include:

  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Collections Management
  • Engineering
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Materials Conservation

To focus research efforts, NCPTT seeks proposals that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation in the following areas:

  • Climate change impacts
  • Disaster planning and response
  • Modeling and managing big data
  • Innovative techniques for documentation
  • Protective coatings and treatments

Note that other research topics may also be considered for funding.

Amount: $300,000 is available for up to 10 grants as follows:

  • Research: Typically range from $25,000 to $40,000
  • Workshops or symposia: Typically range from $15,000-$25,000
  • Resources and tools for preservation practice: Typically range from $5,000-$15,000


  • U.S. universities and colleges
  • U.S. nonprofit organizations: museums, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activity
  • Government agencies in the U.S.: National Park Service and other federal, state, territorial and local government agencies, as well as Hawaiian Natives, Native American and Alaska Native tribes and their Tribal Historic
  • Preservation offices
  • Other organizations can participate only as contractors to eligible U.S. partners

Link: https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/grants/preservation-technology-and-training-grants/

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