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Research and Development Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to
Improve the Preservation of Humanities Collections

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

Conf. Date:

04/01/20

Deadline Date:

05/15/20 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to research and develop projects that support the preservation of humanities collections. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

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 standalone 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.

Research and Development projects are encouraged to address one or more of the following areas of special interest:

  • Preserving our audiovisual and digital heritage. Research and Development supports ongoing work to address the needs of collection formats most at risk of obsolescence. Projects may consider addressing issues such as format degradation, preservation work at scale, algorithmic and machine learning methodologies, storage, data appraisal, and curation.
  • Conserving our material past. Research and Development supports the scientific work to improve the conservation treatment and preventive care of cultural heritage.
  • Protecting our cultural heritage. Research and Development supports the development of tools, methods, technologies, or workflows for documenting, sharing, visualizing, and presenting lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials. Learn more about Protecting our Cultural Heritage.
  • Reaching under-represented communities. Research and Development supports work in making preservation and access activities more accessible, sustainable, and manageable for institutions with limited capacities and access to humanities collections, including persons with disabilities. NEH especially encourages projects that address and/or include as lead applicants and project partners institutions representing minority and indigenous communities.

Funding categories - Research and Development offers two funding tiers in order to address projects at all stages of development and implementation:

  • Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Adaptation
  • Tier II: Advanced Implementation

For details on each of these funding categories, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%202020%20notice%20of%20funding%20opportunity%2020200515-PR.pdf#page=5

For information on NEH areas of interest, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%202020%20notice%20of%20funding%20opportunity%2020200515-PR.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153585

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,200,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Range:
Tier I: up to $75,000
Tier II: up to $350,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance:
Tier I: up to two years
Tier II: up to three years

All projects start March 1, 2021

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Foreign and for-profit entities and individuals are not eligible to apply.

For a list of funding restrictions, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%202020%20notice%20of%20funding%20opportunity%2020200515-PR.pdf#page=27

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Webinar: April 1, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1472710468990843661

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: May 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Anticipated Announcement: December 2020

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by April 10, 2020. Program staff cannot respond to drafts submitted after this deadline.

You must apply electronically through Grants.gov, using either Workspace or your organization's system-to-system software.

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform)
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)
3. Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration.html)

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325413

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570
preservation@neh.gov

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or Pin Number:

20200515-PR

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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