OSP FO# 11-061

AGENCY: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

PROGRAM: Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants

OBJECTIVES: The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing. This program provides funding to support the staff of cultural institutions to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Preservation and Access Education and Training grants may not be used for: programs on the care and management of collections that are the responsibility of an agency of the federal government or are not regularly accessible for research, education, or public programming; programs about the preservation of buildings or the natural environment; doctoral programs; and the support of either full-time or permanent faculty positions in graduate programs.

DEADLINE:
BU Internal Deadline: May 10, 2011
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Awards are normally made for two years, for up to $125,000 per year. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds. Cost sharing is not required. NEH, however, is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, NEH grants cover no more than 80% of project costs.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Preservation and Access Education and Training
Division of Preservation and Access
Room 411
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
Telephone: (202) 606-8570
Email: preservation@neh.gov
Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pet.html

REMARKS: An internal deadline has been established to coordinate institutional cost-sharing commitments for this program. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by May 10, 2011. In the memorandum, (1) briefly describe the proposed project, (2) list key participating faculty, (3) itemize all cost-sharing commitments being requested from the University, within the context of a fully developed project budget, and (4) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for NEH funding. The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, if a commitment of Provost funds is required, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Provost’s Office for authorization. PIs will then be advised of authorized institutional cost-sharing commitments in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review. PIs are encouraged to consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for assistance with the preparation of the project budget.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 45.149) may be obtained from the web sites listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.