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Supporting digital innovation to understand and preserve our culture and heritage

Date: 19/05/2020

AHRC and The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have announced a new international grant program designed to have a transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions.

The joint initiative will fund teams of researchers and cultural institution professionals in both countries. 

The New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program seeks to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. Successful projects will develop new methods of sharing culture and heritage with global audiences, open new research frontiers, and advance collections-based research methods for the twenty-first century.

Reflecting the collaborative nature of this enterprise, applications must be submitted by bilateral teams with at least one cultural institution from each country. 

“The pandemic has reminded us yet again of the critical importance of digital scholarship,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “The United States and the United Kingdom share a common cultural heritage and a commitment to opening new avenues of humanities research through technological means. Both countries face similar challenges as we seek to educate our citizens during a time of profound societal change.”  

“In unprecedented times, digital innovation is more important than ever to the understanding and preservation of our culture and heritage,” said AHRC Executive Chair Andrew Thompson. “The UK and US are world-leading in digital scholarship and home to some of the world’s most revered museums and cultural institutions. I am delighted that this new collaboration between the AHRC and NEH will bring these strengths together to achieve new standards in digital scholarship and cement the role of cultural institutions at the heart of our societal, economic and cultural well-being.”

You can find out more, including guidelines and how to apply, via the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions call webpage. The application deadline is 18 August, 2020.

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