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Digital Scholarship @ UB: Funding & Support

This guide provides a general introduction to the wide-ranging methods of digital scholarship, including information on tools and resources for digital projects and information about library services that support digital research and pedagogy.
Last Updated: Jan 8, 2024 3:51 PM

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National Funding & Support for Digital Scholarship

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants: This NEH grant program supports digital projects at all stages of the project lifecycle, encouraging experimentation and innovation; new for 2019 is support for projects explicitly evaluating the practices and impact of the digital humanities. Grant applications due in January for September project start dates. Maximum award: $325k.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: This NEH grant program supports digital humanities training opportunities for scholars and graduate students. Grant applications due in March for October project start dates. Maximum award: $250k.

Digital Projects for the Public: This NEH grant program supports humanities projects presented in digital formats or platforms such as online, mobile, interactive, or virtual environments, which address a public audience. Grant applications due in June for December project start date. Maximum award: $30k/$100k/$400k.

NEH - Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication: This joint NEH and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant program supports individual researchers wishing to publish projects that require digital multimedia publication. Grant applications due in April for January project start dates. Maximum award: $5k/month.

Humanities Connections Grants: This program supports innovative curricular approaches that foster partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students. Grant applications due September for May project start dates. Maximum award: $100k.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources: This grant supports projects that preserve and provide access to historical sources, often through digital technology, or that create reference sources that facilitates use of cultural materials. Projects can include web resources, digitized collections, catalogs, databases, and encyclopedias. Grant applications due July for May project start dates. Maximum award: $50k/$350k.

Media Projects: Production Grants: This program supports documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Grant applications due January for August project start dates. Maximum award: $1million.

Note - the NEH has many other grants that may include, but do not require, digital components.

ACLS Digital Extension Grants: ACLS awards Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded grants in support of digitally based projects in the humanities and social sciences, of which a portion must fund collaborations with new project partners with the goal of extending the reach and impact of digital projects. Grant applications due in January for July-December project start dates. Maximum award: $150k.

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: This program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the digitization of rare and unique collections. Grant applications due in March-April for December-January project start dates. Maximum award: $250k for individual institutions, $500k for multi-institution projects.

Recordings at Risk: This Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded program awards funds for preservation reformatting of audio or audio-visual content. Grant applications due in February for April project start dates. Maximum award: $50k.

Fellowship Programs: CLIR annually offers around 15 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources and sponsors a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program that places recent PhDs in positions focused on librarianship, digital resources, data and software curation, e-publishing, archives, and collection development.

Institutes for Historical Editing Grants: ​This program provides funding for basic and advanced Institutes for Historical Editing. Grant applications due February for January (following year) institutes. Maximum award: $275k.

Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives: This collaborative program between NHPRC and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds cooperatives composed of different digital edition project teams that will develop technical and human infrastructures to support the digital publication of documentary and scholarly editions and to provide for their long-term preservation, discovery, and use. Grant applications due May for January project start dates. Maximum award: $1million.

Public Engagement with Historical Records: This grant funds the development of new tools that enable people to engage with historical records online. Grant applications due October for July project start dates. Maximum award: $150k.

Grants awarded for "digital scholarship": as of 2018, a total of 143 Mellon grants have been awarded in areas related to digital scholarship, including digital history, digital liberal arts, digital humanities, digital arts, digital storytelling, electronic publishing, and more. These grants primarily fall under the Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities and the Scholarly Communications funding programs.

Challenging Inequality: Ford funding is available to support research and infrastructure work in seven areas that address issues of inequality: Civic Engagement and Government; Creativity and Free Expression; Future of Work; Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice; Internet Freedom; Just Cities and Regions; Natural Resources and Climate Change. You may want to read more about their programs if your digitally based work intersects with any of these areas.

Digital Media and Learning: This program supports research into ways that today's youth engage with and learn using digital media, as well as how the internet and socially connected media are impacting education and civic engagement.

Digital Scholarship @ UB was created by UB Libraries' 2018-2020 CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows, Heidi Dodson and Rachel Starry. It is currently maintained by Natalia Estrada. Guide content is licensed CC BY 4.0.

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