This is a reminder that the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access Research and Development grant program<> has a May 18, 2021 deadline for submission.  A free recorded information webinar about the program is available on the program home page.<>


Program officers will review optional draft proposals submitted by April 13, 2021. 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, please send it as an attachment to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


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.

For additional information about the program, please visit or contact [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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

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