NEH Division of Preservation and Access - Research and Development Projects

Sponsor Deadline: 

May 18, 2021


National Endowment for the Humanities

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NEH Division of Preservation and Access - Research and Development Projects
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Deadline  May 18, 2021
An updated pre-recorded webinar for 2021 will be posted by March 4, 2021.

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, archival records, 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 to address one or more of the following areas of special interest: 

  • Preserving our audiovisual and digital heritage
  • Conserving our material past
  • Protecting our cultural heritage 
  • Serving under-represented communities