OSP FO# 11-205

AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

PROGRAM: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. The program’s goal is to identify projects that are particularly innovative and have the potential to make a positive impact on the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve:

- Research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
- Planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets;
- Scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
- Innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
- New digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.

Two levels of awards will be made in this program. Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proof of concept.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: September 27, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants have two levels of funding: Level I Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Level II Grants range from $25,001 to $50,000. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20% of the total grant may also be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software.

As the name implies, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support the initial phases of digital projects. Other NEH funding programs can support subsequent phases; however, the receipt of a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants does not imply (let alone guarantee) continued support beyond the completion of the grant.

Office of Digital Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Old Post Office Building
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 402
Washington, D.C. 20506
Email: odh@neh.gov
Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/digitalhumanitiesstartup.html

REMARKS: 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 web site 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# 45.169) may be obtained from the web site 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 OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.