NEH Grant Opportunity - Preservation and Access Research and Development The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be accepting applications for grants in its Research and Development program. The new 2010 guidelines, which include sample proposal narratives, can be found at: http://neh.gov/grants/guidelines/PARD.html. Grants in this program support 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 searching, discovering, and using such materials. Maximum awards are $350,000 for up to three years. Eligible activities include: * the development of technical standards, best practices, and tools for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; * the exploration of more effective scientific and technical methods of preserving humanities collections; * the development of automated procedures and computational tools to integrate, analyze, and repurpose humanities data in disparate online resources; and * the investigation and testing of new ways of providing digital access to humanities materials that are not easily digitized using current methods. NEH especially encourages applications that address the following topics: * Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; * Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials, for which there is no analog counterpart; and * Preventive Conservation: how to protect and slow the deterioration of humanities collections through the use of sustainable preservation strategies. Applications addressing one of these three areas of interest are eligible for a maximum award of $400,000 for up to three years. The application receipt deadline is July 1, 2010 for projects beginning May 2011. All applications to NEH must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov; see guidelines for details. Prospective applicants seeking further information are encouraged to contact the Division at 202-606-8570 or [log in to unmask] Program staff will read draft proposals submitted six weeks before the deadline. A list of the 2010 awards is available at: Please note that the Division is also accepting applications for two other grant categories: "Humanities Collections and Reference Resources" (July 15, 2010 deadline) and "Education & Training" (July 1, 2010 deadline). Details on these programs, as well as on the full slate of funding opportunities in Preservation and Access, can be found at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/grantsbydivision.html#preservation ________________________________________________________________________ ________ The National Endowment for the Humanities is a grant-making agency of the United States (U.S.) federal government that supports projects in the humanities. U.S. nonprofit associations, institutions, and organizations are eligible applicants. NEH's Division of Preservation and Access supports projects that will create, preserve, and make available cultural resources of importance for research, education, and lifelong learning. To learn more about NEH, please visit www.neh.gov <file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\jsternfeld\Local%20Settings\Tempo rary%20Internet%20Files\OLKC64\www.neh.gov> .