The 2012 guidelines for Preservation and Access Research and Development  grants are now available. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 16, 2012.
These grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. 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 searching, discovering, and using such materials.
For the past five years awarded projects have helped to forward the field of preservation through the development of open source technologies and enhancing our understanding of the preservation needs of audio/visual materials.
All applications to the NEH must be submitted through Grants.gov. See the application guidelines for details.
NEH especially encourages applications that address digital preservation, recorded sound and moving image collections, and preventive conservation.
For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and firstname.lastname@example.org .