The National Endowment for the Humanities is soliciting applications for Preservation and Access Research and Development grants, with an 7/30/09 deadline.
Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
Preservation and Access Research and Development grants support 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 searching, discovering, and using such materials. . . .
NEH especially encourages applications that address the following areas:
- Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including those for which no analog counterparts exist;
- Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and
- Preventive Conservation: how to protect and slow the deterioration of humanities collections through the use of sustainable preservation strategies.