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

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For Planning and Basic Research (Tier I) projects, the maximum award is $75,000 for up to two years. For Advanced Implementation (Tier II) projects, the maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds. Matching funds are released when a grantee secures gift funds from eligible third parties. Although cost sharing is not required, in most cases, grants cover no more than 80 percent of project costs. 

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 recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming. Research and Development offers two funding tiers in order to address projects at all stages of development and implementation.

Tier I: Planning and Basic Research supports the following activities: 

  • planning and preliminary work for large-scale research and development projects; and
  • stand-alone basic research projects, such as case studies, experiments, or the development of iterative tools.

Tier II: Advanced Implementation supports projects at a more advanced stage of implementation for the following activities:

  • the development of standards, practices, methodologies, or workflows for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; and
  • applied research addressing preservation and access issues concerning humanities collections.

Last Updated On: 2018-02-21

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