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Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Office of Digital Humanities

Receipt Deadline February 18, 2015 for Projects Beginning September 2015

Brief Summary

This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome.

Unlike NEH’s start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.

Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve

  • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
  • implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research;
  • implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings;
  • efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive);
  • scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
  • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or
  • implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences.

Program Statistics

In its first three competitions the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program received an average of 68 applications per year. The program made an average of seven awards per year, for a funding ratio of 10 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the number of awards and applications in the initial competition is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from odh@neh.gov.

Questions?

Contact the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) via e mail at odh@neh.gov. Applicants wishing to speak to a staff member by telephone should provide in an e-mail message a telephone number and a preferred time to call. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.