Research and Development
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CYCLE 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.
Maximum award amount
Tier II provides awards up to $350,000
Period of performance
Expected notification date
Project start date
NEH and COVID-19: NEH is accepting, reviewing, and processing grant applications on its normal schedule, as posted on the introductory page of each program.
The Research and Development program supports 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 organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.
This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies, to advanced implementation. Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms. Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.
Research and Development supports work on the entire range of humanities collection types including, but not limited to, moving image and sound recordings, archaeological artifacts, born digital and time-based media, rare books and manuscripts, material culture, and art. Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.
Begin by reading the notice of funding opportunity. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Download Application Materials
Sample Application Narratives
As soon as you know you're ready to apply for an award, make sure you register for a D-U-N-SR number, with SAM.gov, and with Grants.gov account as this is vital to the grant application process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines 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.