Preservation and Access Research and Development
National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Research and Development grants 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 searching,
discovering, and using such materials.
Applicants should define a specific problem, devise procedures and potential solutions, and explain how they would
evaluate their projects and disseminate their findings. Project results must serve the needs of a significant segment of
NEH especially encourages applications that address the following topics:
Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials, for which
there is no analog counterpart;
Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the
twentieth century contained in these formats; and
Preventive Conservation: how to protect humanities collections and slow their deterioration through the use of
sustainable preservation strategies.
The maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Applicants whose projects focus on any of the three areas of
special interest noted above may request up to $400,000.
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