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Humanist Archives: March 15, 2020, 7:59 a.m. Humanist 33.669 - NEH grant programme (U.S.)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 669.
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        Date: 2020-03-13 17:09:33+00:00
        From: Joshua Sternfeld 
        Subject: NEH 2020 Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity: Research and Development

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and
Access is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Notice of Funding
Opportunity for the Research and Development grant program 
The deadline for submission is May 15, 2020.

A free information webinar will be hosted by NEH on April 1, 2020 at 2pm ET.
You may register for the webinar here:


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.


Research and Development projects are encouraged-but not required-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.


Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by April 10, 2020.
Program staff cannot respond to drafts submitted after this deadline.  Although
this optional preliminary review is not part of the formal review process and
has no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, previous applicants have
found it helpful in strengthening their applications.  If you choose to submit a
draft proposal, send it as an attachment to

For additional information about the program, please visit
https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/research-and-development or contact

Joshua Sternfeld
Senior Program Officer
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
202-606-8570 (fax) 202-606-8639
Visit the NEH Website at www.neh.gov
Follow the Division on Twitter: @NEH_PresAccess

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