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  1. NEH Grant Workshop University of Oregon November 5, 2010

  2. Summary • About the Endowment • How we spend our money • Our grant-making divisions, partners, and initiatives • Application & Writing Strategies • • Tips & Tricks • Peer Review

  3. How NEH spends its money • NEH’s Overall Budget (2009): US $155 million • $26M for administration (salaries, rent) • $35M distributed to 56 state and territory-based humanities councils • Remaining $94M given out as direct grants to US institutions—particularly to universities, libraries, and museums—and to individual scholars

  4. NEH Grant-making Divisions & Offices Challenge Grants Preservation & Access Public Programs Education Programs Research Programs Office of Digital Humanities

  5. Office of Digital Humanities – grants to support innovative start-up technology projects, training in digital humanities methods, and collaborative (national / international) technology projects. • Office of Challenge Grants – matching grants for infrastructure (buildings, endowments). • Division of Research – grants to scholars and institutions for research projects (individual & collaborative). • Division of Education – grants for seminars for teachers, curriculum development, & learning resources. • Division of Public Programs – grants for museum exhibits, library programs, & media projects (e.g. documentary films). • Division of Preservation & Access – grants for preserving and providing access to humanities materials; digitization; development of reference materials.

  6. Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) • In 2006, the NEH launched the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) to help coordinate efforts in supporting and promoting digital humanities scholarship, teaching, and learning. • In March of 2008, DHI was made into a permanent NEH office under the new name “Office of Digital Humanities” (ODH).

  7. Recommendations from ACLS Cyberinfrastructure Report • Federal funding agencies and private foundations should establish programs that develop and support expertise in digital humanities… (Our Cultural Commonwealth, p. 6.) • Universities and university consortia should develop new and support existing humanities and social sciences computing centers. (p. 6) • NSF, NEH, IMLS, the Mellon Foundation, and other funding agencies should support the development of tools for the analysis of digital content. (p. 7) • The NEA, NEH, and IMLS should work together to promote collaboration…. (p. 7)

  8. Core ODH Grant Programs • Start-Up Grants • Developing innovative practices (analysis, communication, education) • Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities • Developing expertise • DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Grants • Developing collaboration • Building infrastructure (data, tools, people) • Digging Into Data • What do you do with a million…?

  9. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants • Deadlines: February and October • Designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. • Relatively low-dollar grants during the planning stages • Level 1: up to $25,000 • Proof-of-concept, initial stages, brainstorming • Level 2: from $25,001 to $50,000 • Prototyping

  10. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants • Research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities. • Planning and prototyping new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets. • Scholarship that examines the philosophical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies. • Innovative uses of technology for scholarly communication, including formal and informal learning, as well as new models of publication.

  11. T-PEN Digital image Automated encoding; XML toolbox Editing tools: dictionaries, unicode character sets, abbreviation guides, etc.

  12. Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas RadaMihalcea, University of North Texas Jon Christensen, Stanford University Mapping Historical Texts:Combining Text-Mining & Geo-Visualization to Unlock the Research Potential of Historical Newspapers

  13. The Nyangwe Diary of David Livingstone: Restoring the Text Adrian S. Wisnicki Project Director Michael B. Toth Program Manager Massacre in the Congo Fragile, fading manuscript Livingstone and Stanley Digital Imaging

  14. Collecting Online Music Project

  15. Collecting Online Music Project Meeting of the heads of Music Libraries after the Music Library Association Meeting in March 2011. Develop a plan of action to begin addressing this growing problem.

  16. OPOB ARCHIVES Musical settings Iconography RE-WRITINGS Italian French Spanish EnglishGerman Russian German TRANSLATIONS French Spanish English Russian German Chinese Japanese RERUM VULGARIUM FRAGMENTA INDIVIDUAL POEM INFORMATION Meter Date Place Summary Key-words TOOLS Commentaries Paraphrases Annotations Comparisons Conceptual maps VERSIONS ARCHIVES Lectures Essays

  17. Poem basic view in multiple languages Translations Commentaries Multimedia Rewritings keywords and summaries OPOB

  18. OPOB Flexible views

  19. Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities • Supports national or regional (multi-state) training programs on applications and approaches in humanities computing • Brings together humanities scholars and digital technology specialists from different disciplines to share ideas and methods that advance humanities research through the use of digital technologies • Prepares current and future generations of humanities scholars to design, develop, and use cyber-based tools and environments for research Deadline for applications to direct: February 16, 2011

  20. Institutes Institute for the Digital Humanities Adrienne Russell & Lynn Clark, University of Denver • A series of three workshops held over 18 months for twenty humanities faculty and advanced graduate students on the use of digital media in scholarship and teaching. • Applications due December 15, 2010 Computer Simulations in the Humanities Martin Croy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte • A three week institute and follow up activities on the use of computer simulations and modeling techniques in the humanities for twenty four humanities scholars. • Applications due November 15, 2010.

  21. Institutes NINES Summer Workshops: Emerging Issues in Digital Scholarship Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia • A two year series of summer workshops engaging scholars and institutional administrators in concerns relating to peer review and evaluation of digital scholarship in the humanities. • Applications due December 1, 2010 Advanced Topics in TEI Encoding Julia Flanders, Brown University • A series of workshops to provide a more in-depth look at specific encoding problems and topics for people who are already involved in a text encoding project or are in the process of planning one. • Next workshop to be held at the University of Maryland in January 2011 • Applications were due November 1st, but contact the project director if interested.

  22. Institutes Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities Jon Rubin, SUNY, Albany • A three year institute for 60 humanities scholars and staff that includes a three day workshop, online discussion, and a capstone conference on developing international team taught courses in the humanities. Broadening the Digital Humanities: The Vectors CTS Summer Institute on Digital Approaches to American Studies Philip Ethington, University of Southern California • A four week summer institute to explore ways digital scholarship and new media publication can advance research in the fields of American Studies and Ethnic Studies.

  23. DFG/NEH Bilateral DH Grants • Designed to spur collaborations between US and German institutions to explore topics in the digital humanities. Applicants must apply as a team. • Initiating or intensifying contact between distinguished scholars, junior researchers, scientists, librarians, information professionals, and others working on humanities projects. Deadline: November 16, 2010

  24. Symposia/Workshops • The "Big Digs" Go Digital (American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the German Archaeological Institute), on the application of digital technologies to better preserve, study, and make accessible the data from large-scale, long-term archaeological digs. • Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System (University of Virginia and Universities of Paderborn and Detmold), on developing methods, standards, and software for a scholarly music notation system.

  25. Digging into Data • Seeks to answer the question: “What do you do with a million books?” • Apply data analysis techniques to large collections of diverse cultural heritage resources • An international grant competition sponsored by four leading research agencies: JISC, NEH, NSF, SSHRC (perhaps additional ones in the future) • Applications must be submitted by teams of researchers involving at least two of the countries represented by the funders

  26. Railroads & the Making of Modern America • William Thomas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NEH • Richard Healey, University of Portsmouth, JISC

  27. Key point: Even institutions that don’t receive a grant may well continue to work together. These joint calls-for-proposals serve as a motivator and stamp of approval for international collaboration

  28. US Partnerships • National Science Foundation • Digging into Data • Tools Curation • Institute for Museum and Library Services • Start-Up Grants • Tools Curation • Department of Energy • Humanities High Performance Computing


  30. Library of Funded Projects

  31. Other NEH Grant Opportunities • Division of Preservation & Access – grants for preserving and providing access to humanities materials; digitization; development of reference materials • Division of Research Programs – grants to scholars and institutions for research projects (individual & collaborative) • Division of Public Programs – grants for museum exhibits, library programs, & media projects (e.g. documentary films) • Division of Education Programs – grants for seminars for teachers, curriculum development, & learning resources • Office of Challenge Grants – matching grants for infrastructure (buildings, endowments)

  32. Preservation & Access Grants to preserve archival holdings; enhance access to materials; and produce reference works for scholarly research, education, and public programming.

  33. Preservation & Access • Humanities Collections & Reference Resources • Deadline: July 14, 2011 • Research & Development • Deadline: May 2011

  34. Preservation & Access • Preservation Assistance Grants • Education & Training • Documenting Endangered Languages • National Digital Newspaper Project

  35. Research Grants support individuals and teams of scholars pursuing advanced research in the humanities that will contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities.

  36. Research • NEH Fellowships • Deadline: May 3, 2011 • Summer Stipends • Deadline: September 2011 • Scholarly Editions / Collaborative Research • Deadline: October 2011

  37. Public Programs Grants for the presentation of humanities scholarship for large and diverse public audiences. Grants typically support radio and television documentaries, exhibitions and interpretation of historic sites, reading and discussion series, lectures, symposia, and related components in support of such programs.

  38. Public Programs • America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning and Implementation Grants • Deadlines: January and August • America's Media Makers: Development Grants and Production Grants • Deadlines: January and August

  39. Mission America

  40. Education Programs Grants to support teachers to strengthen teaching and learning through new or revised curricula and materials, collaborative study, seminars, and institutes.

  41. Education Programs • Seminars & Institutes • Deadline: March 2011 • Landmarks of American History & Culture • Deadline: March 2011 • New programs to be announced in the next few months

  42. Summer Seminars and Institutes 2011 Seminars and Institutes for College & University Teachers (updated list should be available soon) • Adjunct and part-time lecturers are eligible to apply. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the seminar or institute. • Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

  43. Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers Landmarks of American History and Culture for School Teachers Landmarks of American History and Culture for Community College Faculty

  44. Office of Challenge Grants • Permanent endowments, supporting ongoing and recurring costs such as salaries, honoraria for visiting scholars, fellowships, and maintenance • One-time capital costs for items such as facilities equipment, and acquisitions • Combined in “spend-down” funds that are invested, with both the income and the principal expended over a defined period of years Deadline: May 4, 2011

  45. Application Strategies