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NEH/IMLS Advancing Knowledge Grant Program

January 17, 2008 | By Brett Bobley

This is a reminder that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invite applications to a digital humanities grant competition sponsored by the two federal agencies. The grant program, "Advancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital Partnership," seeks applications for projects that would explore new ways to share, examine, and interpret humanities collections in a digital environment and develop new uses and audiences for existing digital resources. Grants are intended to spur innovation and new collaborations; advance the role of cultural repositories in online teaching, learning, and research; and develop collaborative approaches involving the scholarly community and cultural repositories for the creation, management, preservation, and presentation of reusable digital collections and products.

Projects must be collaborative with at least one museum, library, or archive as an integral member of the project team. Awards normally are for two years and typically range from $50,000 to a maximum of $350,000. Nonprofit institutions interested in applying should check out the guidelines for full details.

The deadline for applications is March 18, 2008. Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal and review draft proposals. Draft proposals should be submitted six weeks before the deadline. Questions and drafts may be submitted by e-mail to preservation@neh.gov.