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Digging Into Data Challenge

Office of Digital Humanities

Receipt Deadline June 29, 2016 for Projects Beginning June 2017

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

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In 2016, the Digging into Data Challenge has returned for a fourth round. This time sponsored by the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), the program has greatly expanded with funders from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge is open to any project that addresses research questions in the humanities and/or social sciences by using techniques of large-scale digital data analysis and shows how these new techniques can lead to new theoretical insights. It is specifically aiming to advance multidisciplinary collaborative projects in digital scholarship that seek new perspectives and insights. Proposals may address any research question in the humanities and/or social sciences, utilizing any data source to do so.

Applicants will form international teams from at least three of the participating countries. In addition, each team must have members from both sides of the Atlantic. Winning teams will receive grants from three or more of the funding agencies and, two years later, will be invited to show off their work at a conference sponsored by the funders.

You can find more information, including application materials and instructions for applying, at

Program Statistics

In the first three rounds, the program received an average of 75 applications per competition and made an average of twelve awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 16 percent.


Contact the NEH Office of Digital Humanities via e‑mail at odh[at]neh[dot]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. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.

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