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FYI: NEH Digtial Humanities Start-up Grants: Deadline

Author: Helen Aguera

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Deadline: November 15, 2006 & April 3, 2007

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants is the first new program under the
NEH’s new Digital Humanities Initiative. The name ''Start-Up Grant'' is
deliberately evocative of the technology start-up--a company like an
Apple Computer or a Google that took a brilliant idea and, with a small
amount of seed money, was able to grow it into a new way of doing
business. NEH's Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants will encourage
scholars with bright new ideas and provide the funds to get their
projects off the ground. Some projects will be practical, others
completely blue sky. Some will fail while others will succeed wildly and
develop into important projects. But all will incorporate new ways of
studying the humanities.

The cross-divisional nature of the Start-Up Grants is a key. Applicants
don't need to be concerned with determining exactly which NEH
division or program is best suited for their projects. Their job is to be
innovative and the NEH's job is to provide the funding they need to be
successful. NEH staff will work with potential applicants in the pre-
application stages to help them craft their submissions.

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are offered for the planning or
initial stages of digital humanities initiatives in all areas of NEH
concern: research, publication, preservation, access, teacher training,
and dissemination in informal or formal educational settings.
Applications should describe the concept or problem that is being
addressed, the plan of work, the experience of the project team as it
relates to the plan, and the intended outcomes of both the grant and
the larger project that the grant will initiate.

Application guidelines for this program are available at:


General information about the NEH’s Digital Humanities Initiative is
available at:


Questions? Please contact: dhi@neh.gov

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