Digital Scholarship Grant Funding

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DH Implementation Grants (NEH)

  • Deadline: February, for projects beginning the next September
  • This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome. Unlike NEH’s start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

  • Deadline: February
  • Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

Library Services and Technology Act Grants (LSTA)

  • Deadline: March
  • The primary goal of this grant is to develop content for Indiana Memory (http://indianamemory.org); Libraries should use these funds to digitize materials important to Indiana history; establishment of partnerships with cultural institutions that house unique and important collections of Indiana history.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (NEH)

  • Deadline: March, for projects beginning the next October
  • These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site.

Digging into Data Challege (NEH)

  • Deadline: May, for projects beginning the next January
  • Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship. Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, two years later, will be invited to show off their work at a special conference sponsored by the ten funders.

Digital Projects for the Public (NEH)

  • Deadline: June, for projects beginning the next January.
  • Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work).

Research and Development (NEH)

  • Deadline: June, for projects beginning the next January.
  • 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.

NHPRC State Board Programming Grants 

  • Deadline: June, for projects beginning the next January 
  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards (SHRABs). The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards to enhance access to historical records, increase citizen engagement with records, and provide learning and development opportunities for students, citizens and professional archivists.

NHPRC Access to Historical Records 

  • Deadline: June for projects beginning the next January
  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation's most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.

Humanities Open Book Program 

  • Deadline: June, for projects beginning the next January.
  • NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed “ebooks” that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers. 

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (NEH) 

  • Deadline: July, for projects beginning the next May
  • Supports projects that preserve and make accessible important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects.

Digital Humanities Startup Grants (NEH) 

  • Deadline: September, for projects beginning the next May.
  • Small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category, which incorporates the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.

Digital Innovation Fellowship (ACLS) 

  • Deadline: September
  • This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.

CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections 

  • Deadline: September, for projects begining the next January
  • Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials is a national competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions.

OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grant 

  • Deadline: September
  • In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches and contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors.

Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (Mellon)

  • Deadline: Ongoing, Inquiry then Invitation
  • The Foundation’s grants to leading research universities and institutes for advanced study seek to help institutions train the next generation of faculty in the humanities, strengthen humanities research, and renew and broaden disciplines, research areas, and curricula. Grants may be given to Research Universities and Institutes, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Consortia, but also to graduate students. The Mellon Foundation only accepts grant proposals by invitation; before sending any material, send a brief inquiry by email to hesh@mellon.org.

NHPRC State Government Electronic Records

  • Deadline: December, for projects beginning the next July
  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will accession, describe, preserve, and provide access to state government electronic records of enduring value. Government information maintained by state archives are national assets, serving as important resources for documenting rights and capturing the national experience. The NHPRC will support projects that actively engage in activities that preserve electronic record assets and make them available for public discovery. (This grant does NOT cover digitization.)

NHPRC Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records

  • Deadline: December, for projects beginning the next July
  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagement with historical records. The Literacy and Engagement grant program offers support for projects that will result in archives reaching audiences through digital literacy programs and workshops, new tools and applications, and citizen engagement in archival processes.

NHPRC Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections

  • Deadline: December, for projects beginning the next July 
  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

Mellon Arts and Cultural Heritage

  • Deadline: Ongoing, Inquiry then Invitation
  • The Arts and Cultural Heritage program supports the work of outstanding artists, curators, conservators, and scholars, and endeavors to strengthen performing arts organizations, art museums, research institutes, and conservation centers. Grants are given in several areas, including Art History, Conservation, and Museums. The Mellon Foundation only accepts grant proposals by invitation; before sending any material, send a brief inquiry by email to ach@mellon.org.

Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communication 

  • Deadline: Ongoing, Inquiry then Invitation
  • The Scholarly Communications program promotes the common good by supporting the creation, dissemination, use, and preservation of original sources, interpretive scholarship in the humanities, and other scholarly and artistic materials. The grants are given in the areas of Electronic Publishing, Preservation and Conservation, and Access and Use. The Mellon Foundation only accepts grant proposals by invitation; before sending any material, send a brief inquiry by email to sc@mellon.org.

Sloan Foundation Data and Computational Research 

  • Deadline: Ongoing, Inquiry then Invitation
  • Grants in this sub-program aim to help researchers develop tools, establish norms, and build the institutional and social infrastructure needed to take full advantage of these important developments in data-driven, computation-intensive research. Emphasis is placed on projects that encourage access to and sharing of scholarly data, that promote the development of standards and taxonomies necessary for the interoperability of datasets, that enable the replication of computational research, and that investigate models of how researchers might deal with the increasingly central role played by data management and curation. The Sloan Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals; for information on how to submit a letter of inquiry, visit: http://www.sloan.org/apply-for-grants/letters-of-inquiry/.

Sloan Foundation Scholarly Communication

  • Deadline: Ongoing, Inquiry then Invitation
  • Grants in this sub-program aim to ease this transition by supporting the development of new models of filtering and curating online scholarly materials and by engaging the emerging community of stakeholders and practitioners tackling similar issues in widely divergent disciplinary contexts. The Sloan Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals; for information on how to submit a letter of inquiry, visit: http://www.sloan.org/apply-for-grants/letters-of-inquiry/.

Sloan Foundation Universal Access to Knowledge

  • Deadline: Ongoing, Inquiry then Invitation
  • The goal of the Universal Access to Knowledge program is to facilitate the openness and accessibility of all knowledge in the digital age for the widest public benefit under reasonable financial terms and conditions. The Sloan Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals; for information on how to submit a letter of inquiry, visit: http://www.sloan.org/apply-for-grants/letters-of-inquiry/.