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DFG and NEH to Offer Two Grant Programs in the Digital Humanities

Weare happy to announce that the NEH and the DFG will be offering two newjoint grant programs. The guidelines will be available shortly, but inthe meantime, please see the NEH/DFG release below:

DFG and NEH to Offer Two Grant Programs in the Digital Humanities

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschafte.V., DFG) in Germany and the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH) in the United States recently signed a memorandum ofunderstanding to offer support for digital humanities projects.  Underthis agreement, the NEH and DFG hope to encourage American and Germanresearchers to collaborate on innovative digital humanities projects.  DFG and NEH are currently developing two Bilateral Digital HumanitiesGrant Programs, which will have deadlines in early autumn 2008:

DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program: 2008 Call for Bilateral Symposia and Workshops
These grants provide funding for one bilateral symposium or workshop(or a series of two bilateral symposia or workshops taking place withinthe duration of one year) in the area of digital humanities.  The goalof this call is to promote stronger bilateral cooperation between thedigital humanities communities in the two countries (Germany and theUnited States) by initiating or intensifying contact between scholarsin one particular field.

Proposals for Bilateral Symposia or Workshops can focus on any area of the digital humanities, including:

  • capacity building or networking workshops preparing for future more intensified bilateral collaboration based around a single theme, technology, media form or humanities discipline;
  • comparing the needs of researchers in both the U.S. and Germany and their uses of digitized resources; and
  • exploring possible and existing use of information technology in the humanities in both communities.

DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program: 2008 Call for Joint Digitization Projects
These grants provide funding for up to three years of development inany of the following areas: new digitization projects and pilotprojects; the addition of important materials to existing digitizationprojects; and the development of related infrastructure to supportinternational digitization work and the use of digital resources. 

Proposals for digitization projects might include:

  • digitizing humanities collections that are relevant to either or both scholarly communities for use in research and higher education,
  • developing a detailed plan for the digitization of humanities collections that could benefit humanities research and performing a limited pilot digitization program to test shared infrastructure and procedures,
  • connecting existing split digitized collections and detailing suitable transatlantic standards and interoperability strategies, and
  • creating a virtual archive or resource that would join complementary materials (analog or digital) internationally.

Collaboration between U.S. and German partners is a key requirementfor each of these grant categories.  Each application must have oneGerman partner, and one U.S. partner, and there must be a projectcoordinator from each country. The partners will collaborate to write asingle application package, which the U.S. partner will submit to theNEH and the German partner will submit to the DFG.

For Additional Information:
Additional information on the call for proposals, the formalproposal requirements, and the review process will be available on theNEH and DFG websites in the near future at the following web addresses: and

Contacts at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft  (DFG):

for Call for Joint Digitization Projects

  • Dr. Max Vögler
    Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (Wissenschaftliche Literaturversorgungs- und Informationssysteme LIS) /
    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Tel. +49 (228) 885-2182

for Call for Bilateral Symposia and Workshops

  • Dr. Aglaja Frodl
    International Relations: North America (USA, Canada)
    Tel. +49 (228) 885-2388

Contact at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):

  • Jason Rhody
    Senior Program Officer
    Office of Digital Humanities
    Tel. +1 (202) 606-8364




Written by:
Jason Rhody

7/18/2008 12:38 PM

have good news for those of you eagerly anticipating the full set of
guidelines for the new 2008 Call for Joint Digitization Projects, which
is part of the DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program that we
announced a few weeks ago. The Digitization guidelines are now available on the NEH Web site and the DFG Web site.
Note that while there may be some administrative differences between
the two sets of guidelines, the core requirements are the same. At
least one German and one U.S. institution will collaborate on a single
proposal, which will be submitted to NEH by the U.S. partner and to DFG
by the German partner. The combined sum of the request can range from
$100,000 to $350,000 (approximately 70,000 to 240,000

Hi Cathy,

I thought that your readers might like to know that the guidelines for DFG/NEH Joint Digitization projects are now available here:

We hope to have the Bilateral Symposia and Workshops guidelines available online in the coming weeks.





Thanks, Jason. NEH is on fire! CONGRATULATIONS!!!