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NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

Grants to USA and United Kingdom Nonprofit Cultural Institutions
for Collaborative Projects to Advance Digital Research

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Deadline Date:

08/18/20 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time / 7:59 p.m. British Standard Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and United Kingdom nonprofit cultural institutions, including IHEs and agencies, for collaborative projects to advance the use of digital technology in research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Applications must be jointly submitted by teams composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution.

The overarching goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions.

This program builds upon two previous calls for proposals to facilitate partnership development activities between cultural institutions and universities in the U.K. and U.S. It also builds upon a workshop held in Washington, DC in September 2019 co-convened by the AHRC and NEH, along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the U.K., the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress. The workshop report, entitled UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions, identifies a number of key areas for future study, with an emphasis on four themes:

  • Employing machine learning and artificial intelligence in cultural institutions: how can these and other methods be leveraged to help organize, search, and understand digital collections? How can they help improve visitor-facing experiences? What challenges do they raise in terms of privacy, ethics, research integrity, reproducibility, and bias? What value can they add to sharing content, methods, expertise, and practice?
  • Fostering digitally-enabled participation: in what ways can digital tools enhance access, create more equitable approaches to community engagement, including participation of marginalized and disenfranchised communities? How can we build upon existing methods such as crowd-sourcing and co-creation?
  • Developing enhanced information on cultural institution visitors: how can new and emerging technologies allow a better understanding of visitor needs and interests? How can data be collected ethically to allow for richer visitor experiences?
  • Creating and interrogating all document types and unlocking new data: in what ways can digital collections be made richer and more usable through existing methods such as optical character recognition, text extraction and parsing, linked open data, and network analysis? What sorts of new and emerging methods will enable new breakthroughs in working with digital collections?

Applicants are encouraged to address one or more of the above themes or to propose new areas of inquiry relevant to digital scholarship and cultural institutions. Applicants might also consider how their proposal connects to the two cross-cutting themes identified at the workshop: 1) contemporary challenges addressed by digital tools and methods and 2) leadership and digital skills development.

Funding levels:

Level I awards can support activities such as:

  • Planning and preliminary work for future, larger-scale projects, including conferences, workshops, and working group meetings to bring together individuals with complementary skill sets to outline future research, plan publications, or develop best practices
  • Small-scale collaborative projects, such as case studies, experiments, and exploratory or developmental research
  • Outreach to disseminate project findings, methods, software, and tools

Level II awards can support activities such as:

  • Projects developing new or improved research methods, tools, or infrastructure
  • Projects linking dispersed collections or resources
  • Projects researching and developing digital methods, standards, and workflows for preserving and making accessible humanities collections
  • Larger-scale collaborative humanities-oriented research resulting in print or digital publications
  • Training and skills development opportunities to provide scholars, cultural institution professionals, and/or advanced graduate students deeper knowledge of new and emerging digital scholarship methods for cultural institutions
  • Activities that support innovative new approaches to outreach and engagement, for example engaging smaller or less well-resourced cultural institutions in digital methods or the use of digital tools to widen audiences and improve accessibility across communities and user groups

For additional information on the funding levels, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/NEH-AHRC%20New%20Directions%20for%20Digital%20Scholarship%20NOFO.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189833

Number of Grants:

10-15 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Total Annual Available FY 21 Funding:

- $1,200,000 in NEH funding for the U.S. organization(s) and
- £1,900,000 in AHRC funding for the U.K. organization(s)

Funding Range:

- Level I: up to $50,000 in NEH funding for participating U.S. organization(s) and up to £60,000 in AHRC funding for the U.K. organization(s)
- Level II: up to $150,000 in NEH funding for participating U.S. organization(s) and up to £250,000 in AHRC funding for the U.K. organization(s)

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance:

- Level I: up to 2 years
- Level II: up to 3 years

All projects may have a period of performance start date as early as February 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Applications must be submitted by teams composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution.

If there are multiple U.S. organizations involved in the project, one organization will submit the application to NEH on behalf of the team, and if funded, administer the NEH award. This organization must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by NEH. If funded, the recipient must be substantially involved in the programmatic activity and will be programmatically, fiscally, and legally responsible for the NEH award.

If there are multiple U.K. organizations involved in the project, one organization will submit the application to AHRC on behalf of the team. This organization must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by AHRC (see the AHRC call for proposals for details).

Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply as the NEH lead.

Funding restrictions: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/NEH-AHRC%20New%20Directions%20for%20Digital%20Scholarship%20NOFO.pdf#page=26

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: August 18, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time / August 18, 2020, 7:59 p.m. British Standard Time

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

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)

The U.S. and U.K. partners should prepare their application materials together, but will submit
two separate applications.

Projects selected for funding will receive two awards: NEH will make an award to the lead U.S. organization and the AHRC will make an award to the lead U.K. organization.

Anticipated Announcement: December 2020

AHRC call for proposals: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/neh-ahrc-new-directions-for-digital-scholarship-in-cultural-institutions-call/

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327087

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Office of Digital Humanities
Email: odh@neh.gov
TTY: 800-877-8399
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

CFDA Number:

45.169

Funding or Pin Number:

20200818-HC

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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

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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