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Grant Opportunity – Preservation and Access Research and Development

April 16, 2010 | By Brett Bobley

Below is a grant opportunity from our colleagues in the NEH's Division of Preservation and Access that should be of great interest to the digital humanities community.

Grant Opportunity – Preservation and Access Research and Development

The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be accepting applications for grants in its Research and Development program.   The new 2010 guidelines, including sample proposal narratives, are now available.

Grants in this program support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.  These 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. Maximum awards are $350,000 for up to three years.

Eligible activities include:

  • the development of technical standards, best practices, and tools for preserving and creating access to humanities collections;
  • the exploration of more effective scientific and technical methods of preserving humanities collections;
  • the development of automated procedures and computational tools to integrate, analyze, and repurpose humanities data in disparate online resources; and
  • the investigation and testing of new ways of providing digital access to humanities materials that are not easily digitized using current methods.

NEH especially encourages applications that address the following topics:

  • Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials, for which there is no analog counterpart;
  • Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and
  • Preventive Conservation: how to protect and slow the deterioration of humanities collections through the use of sustainable preservation strategies.

Applications addressing one of these three areas of interest are eligible for a maximum award of $400,000 for up to three years.

The application receipt deadline is July 1, 2010 for projects beginning May 2011.  Check out the guidelines for more information and to contact staff from Preservation and Access.