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The National Endowment for the Humanities<> is proud to announce changes to the Division of Preservation and Access' Research and Development<> grant program which address major challenges in preserving and providing access to humanities collections and resources.  Recognizing that singular projects such as a case study or one-time experiment can have far-reaching implications, while longer-term projects demand ongoing planning, we have created for the first time two tiers of funding.

Both funding tiers support the development of standards, practices, methodologies, and workflows dedicated to the stewardship of humanities collections.  Tier I, which is for projects up to $75,000, supports planning, basic research, and iterative tool development.  Tier II, which is for projects up to $350,000, supports advanced implementation and applied research.

Also, starting in 2016, NEH will host an annual Research and Development Project Directors' Meeting. The event will present NEH-funded projects and engage the public in a range of issues related to cultural heritage stewardship.

The Research and Development<> program invites non-profit institutions to submit proposals for both funding tiers by June 25, 2015.

The newly updated program, with its combination of planning and implementation grants, is intended to motivate the cultural heritage community to form new partnerships; forge collaboration across cultural heritage, preservation, and the sciences; and to think broadly about how new standards, practices, methodologies, and workflows will help shape the work of the humanities now and well into the future.

To help inspire ideas for Research and Development projects, we have compiled a working list of humanities collection types, research topics, and fields for your consideration.  Bear in mind, the list is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive; we always invite creative submissions in areas not listed below. Ultimately the applicants determine the trends in research and development.

Collection and Format Types

*         archaeological and ethnographic artifacts

*         architectural and cartographic records

*         archives

*         art and visual culture

*         books, manuscripts, and special collections

*         digital media

*         geospatial information

*         language materials

*         material culture

*         moving image and sound recordings

*         news media

*         prints and photographs

*         research databases

*         software
*         time-based media and born-digital art

*         web, social media, and e-mail

Research Fields and Topics

*         accessibility for the disabled

*         appraisal and selection

*         cataloging and description

*         digital forensics

*         digital preservation

*         disaster preparedness and emergency response

*         humanities research data management and curation

*         indigenous cultural heritage practices

*         knowledge organization

*         linked open data

*         material analysis

*         metrics for evaluating use of humanities materials

*         preventive conservation

*         textual encoding

*         visualization

The application deadline for Research and Development is June 25, 2015.  For complete information on how to apply, visit our information page:  A pdf of the guidelines may be downloaded here<>.  Questions about the program may be submitted to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> and you may follow us @NEH_PresAccess for additional updates and news.

Joshua Sternfeld
Senior Program Officer
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
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