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Research and Development Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to
Support the Conservation of Humanities Content

Agency Type:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

Deadline Date:

05/18/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to research and develop projects that support the conservation of humanities content. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The purpose of this program is to 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 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, 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.

For areas of special interest, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%20NOFO%202021%2020210518-PR.pdf#page=4.

Funding Categories:

  • Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Adaptation
  • Tier II: Advanced Implementation

For more information on funding categories, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%20NOFO%202021%2020210518-PR.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153585

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,200,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 6 grant

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Tier I provides awards up to $75,000
- Tier II provides awards up to $350,000

Term of Contract:

Projects may start as early as March 1, 2022 and as late as September 1, 2022.

Period of performance:
- Tier I: one to two years
- Tier II: one to three years

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

NEH does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities.

For funding restrictions, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%20NOFO%202021%2020210518-PR.pdf#page=26.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available: January 12, 2021
- An updated pre-recorded webinar for 2021 will be posted by March 4, 2021.
- Application due: May 18, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. All application materials must be received by the application deadline.
- Expected notification date: December 31, 2021
- Project start date: March 1, 2022

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform)
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)
3. Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration.html)

Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this announcement.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330903
2020 Pre-recorded webinar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUg7-daxIjs

Pre-recorded Webinar for 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVF520orCYU

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570
preservation@neh.gov

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
grantmanagement@neh.gov

Grants.gov Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035
Email: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or Pin Number:

20210518-PR

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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