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Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Office of Digital Humanities

Receipt Deadline February 17, 2016 for Projects Beginning September 2016

The deadline for this program has passed.

Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Brief Summary

Important Announcement

This program will be replaced by a new program, Digital Humanities Advancement Grants, whose first deadline will be January 11, 2017. The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program is merging with the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program to create this new program, which will have two deadlines a year. Guidelines for the new program are forthcoming and should be posted by the end of September. You can find more information about the new program here.

The Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program awards substantial grants to support the implementation of experimental projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the humanities. 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 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants 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

  • the implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research;
  • the pursuit of scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or
  • the revitalization and/or recovery of existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to humanities scholarship or the teaching or public knowledge of the humanities.

Program Statistics

In its first four 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


Contact the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) via e mail at 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.