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Research and Development Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


    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 standalone 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, publications, online resources, 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 offers two funding tiers in order to address projects at all stages of development and implementation.

    Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Modifications. Tier I grants support the following activities:

    • Planning and preliminary work for large-scale research and development projects. Proposals must identify one or more project deliverable, such as the creation of an action agenda, work plan, published report, draft standard, or software prototype, that prepares the project team for subsequent stages of work.
    • Discrete research projects such as case studies or laboratory experiments. Such projects do not need to involve planning or preliminary research for a larger project. Nevertheless, they must address research issues or problems in the cultural heritage field.
    • Modifications or updates to established or emerging standards, methodologies, tools and equipment, or workflows.

    Tier II: Advanced Implementation Tier II grants support projects at a more advanced stage of implementation for the following activities:

    • Development of standards, practices, methodologies, or workflows for preserving and creating access to humanities collections.
    • Applied research addressing preservation and access issues concerning humanities collections.
    • Topic or area study in heritage preservation and access conducted using convenings, surveys, collaborative research, and other qualitative and quantitative modes of investigation. Possible deliverables could include publications, online resources, guidelines, and agenda for collective action. Applicants are encouraged to involve multi-institutional and community stakeholders working to achieve substantial national or international impact.

    Applications for Advanced Implementation must demonstrate significant planning or prior research in one or more relevant fields. Successful completion of a Tier I project is not a prerequisite for applying for a Tier II award. Applicants seeking Advanced Implementation grants are required to provide an additional one- to two-page dissemination plan as an appendix.


    History of Funding

    Recently funded projects through this program can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Research and Development grants may not be used for the following sorts of projects:

    • projects focused primarily on curriculum development
    • restoration of historic structures, the preservation of the built environment, or the stabilization of archaeological sites
    • projects primarily directed at enhancing the preservation of and access to a specific collection or the holdings of a specific institution, or projects intending solely to arrange and describe, digitize, or reformat a humanities collection (or to create a reference resource such as an encyclopedia or atlas)
    • promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
    • advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
    • support of specific public policies or legislation
    • lobbying
    • projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies)

    Research and Development projects are encouraged to address one or more of the following areas of special interest:

    • Preserving audiovisual and digital heritage.
    • Conserving the material past.
    • Protecting imperiled cultural heritage.
    • Serving under-represented communities.
    • Responding to climate change.

    NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas:

    • A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation's 250th Anniversary As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of our core principles of government
    • Protecting our Cultural Heritage In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials



  • Eligibility Details

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

    Deadline Details

    Applicants may submit an optional draft by April 12, 2022. Full Applications are to be submitted by May 17, 2022. A similar deadline is expected, annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $1,500,000 is available to fund 7-8 recipients in FY 22. For Planning and Basic Research (Tier I) projects, the maximum award is $75,000 for up to two years. For Advanced Implementation (Tier II) projects, the maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, NEH Research and Development grants cover no more than 80 percent of project costs.

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