NEH Research and Development Grant: Applications Due May 21, 2024

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NEH Application Available for Research and Development Grant!

Application Deadline: May 21, 2024

Optional Draft Due: April 9, 2024

Maximum Funding: $350,000

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.

Applicants are encouraged to address one or more of the following areas of special interest:

  • Furthering theory and practice in core heritage collections work
  • Preserving audiovisual and digital heritage
  • Applying artificial intelligence to collections-based activities
  • Conserving the material past
  • Protecting cultural heritage
  • Stewarding collections by and with underrepresented communities
  • Responding to the impact of climate change

Research and Development offers two levels of support:

Tier I: One to two years, up to $100,000. Supports activities such as planning for large-scale projects; basic research such as discrete case studies or laboratory experiments; and prototype or modest updates to established or emerging standards, methodologies, tools and equipment, or workflows.

Tier II: One to three years, up to $350,000. Supports activities such as development of new or existent standards, protocols, practices, methodologies, or workflows for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; applied research addressing preservation and access issues; and topic or area study in heritage preservation and access. A Tier I award is not a prerequisite for applying for a Tier II project.

More information: Research and Development (

Pre-recorded informational webinar available by March 14: here

Questions? Send an email to or call 202-606-8570. Program Officers are available to discuss your project ideas and/or offer comments on a draft application narrative.