Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Maximum award amount
Level II: $150,000
Level III: $350,000, with an additional $50,000 in matching funds
Period of performance
Optional Draft due
Expected notification date
Project start date
The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports research that examines the history, criticism, ethics, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society.
DHAG applicants must respond to one or more of these programmatic priorities:
- research and refinement of innovative, experimental, or computationally challenging methods and techniques
- enhancement or design of digital infrastructure, such as open-source code, tools, or platforms, that contribute to and support the humanities
- research that examines the history, criticism, ethics, or philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society, including racial, religious, and/or gender biases
- evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement
DHAG is one of many grant programs at the NEH that funds digital humanities projects. Please consult these resources to help find the right program to support your work.
In support of its efforts to advance national information infrastructures in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and agency discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s libraries, archives, museums, and related organizations. IMLS funding supports innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, information scientists, and relevant public communities that advance the preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services. IMLS encourages DHAG applicants to work in collaboration, and employ the expertise of, library and archives staff at your institution or across the country to strengthen knowledge networks, empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, advance research, and support the traditionally underserved.
What’s New for 2022
- Increased award ceilings for Level II (up to $150K) and Level III projects (up to $350K, with option for $50K in matching funds)
- Narrative section contains more guidance for applicants on appropriateness of activities and outputs for projects at each of the three funding levels
- Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not include all required sections and components (e.g., Budget form with a Budget Justification, Biographies and not CVs).
- Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not comply with all requirements indicated with a “must” outlined in the NOFO, including page limits.
- Two or more applications for federal funding and/or approved federal award budgets are not permitted to include overlapping project costs.
- We no longer accept letters of support. Any letters submitted by individuals not participating in the project will be removed from the application.
The October 28, 2021 webinar recording, transcripts, and slides are available below:
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and that you are prepared to write the most effective application.
Sample Application Narratives
- University of Georgia, Freedom's Movement: Mapping African American Space in War and Reconstruction
- Ball State University, Library Circulation Histories Workshop
- Shift Design, Redesigning Historypin for Open-Source Digital Humanities
- University of Virginia, The Development of Digital Documentary Editing Platforms
- Temple University, Developing the Data Set of Nineteenth-Century Knowledge
- University of Richmond, Distant Viewing Toolkit (DVT) for the Cultural Analysis of Moving Images
- College of William and Mary, Transkribus and the Georgian Papers Programme Tabular-Formatted Manuscripts
- James Madison University, Circulating American Magazines, Level II Grant
- South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, SnowVision: A Machine Learning-Based Image Processing Tool for the Study of Archaeological Collections
- St. John's University, Ensuring Access to Endangered and Inaccessible Manuscripts
As soon as you know you're ready to apply, make sure you register for a D-U-N-S® number, with SAM.gov, and with Grants.gov, as this is required. If you have previously registered, make sure your registrations are up-to-date.
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.