NOTE: The submission period for 2015 PTT Grants closed on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 4:00PM Eastern Time.

The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. Since the inception of the grants program in 1994, the National Center has awarded over 300 grants totaling more than $9.1 million in Federal funds.

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NOTE: The submission period for 2015 PTT Grants closed on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 4:00PM Eastern Time.


NCPTT funds projects within several overlapping disciplinary areas. These include:

  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Collections Management
  • Engineering
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Materials Conservation


In order to focus research efforts, NCPTT requests innovative proposals that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation in the following areas:

  • Planning for and responding to Climate Change and the impacts of natural and man-made disasters on cultural resources;
  • 3D documentation and visualization techniques for historic sites, landscapes, buildings and objects;
  • Mobile application development for cultural resource detection, documentation, management, etc.;
  • Development and testing of protective coatings for cultural materials.

NOTE: NCPTT does not fund “bricks and mortar” projects.


The following organizations are eligible to submit proposals:

  • U.S. universities and colleges,
  • U.S. non-profit organizations: museums, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activity, and
  • government agencies in the U.S.: National Park Service and other federal, state, territorial and local government agencies, as well as Hawaiian Natives, Native American and Alaska Native tribes and their Tribal Historic Preservation Offices.

Other organizations can participate only as contractors to eligible U.S. partners. Grants funds support only portions of projects that are undertaken or managed directly by U.S. partners and expended in the U.S. and its territories.

Review Criteria

Reviewers evaluate each project proposal by the following criteria. The successful proposed project should

  • use or adapt innovative technologies,
  • address a national need in preservation technology,
  • disseminate project results broadly,
  • have a qualified principal investigator and technically sound methodology,
  • be completed within one year of a signed grant agreement.

Preference will be given to projects that (1) provide an in-kind match (e.g. funds, personnel, equipment, etc.) and (2) that use innovative dissemination techniques to reach the largest possible audience (e.g. online training, webinars, podcasts, videos, DVDs, etc.) .

Other Considerations

NCPTT reviews proposals for disciplinary, geographical and institutional distribution. Additionally, a National Park Service (NPS) grants administrator reviews for financial and policy matters. Special consideration will be given to proposals that leverage resources through public and private partnerships.

The maximum grant award amount is $40,000, but proposals for lesser amounts are encouraged.

Pre-Proposal Guidance

Applicants are encouraged to contact NCPTT to discuss their ideas prior to submitting a proposal. NCPTT staff will provide feedback on the degree of fit between the proposed idea and the mission of the grants program, along with suggestions for improving competitiveness. Please contact the expert below that most closely relates to the subject matter of your grant idea.

  • Archeology & Collections, contact Tad Britt, tad_britt@nps.gov
  • Architecture & Engineering, contact Andy Ferrell, andrew_ferrell@nps.gov
  • Historic Landscapes, contact Debbie Smith, debbie_smith@nps.gov
  • Materials Conservation, contact Dr. Mary F. Striegel, mary_striegel@nps.gov

You may also call (318) 356-7444 and an operator will connect you with the appropriate party.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through grants.gov. For application instructions and guidance, see How to Apply.

If you have difficulty with accessing the Grants.gov application, please call the Grants.gov Help Desk at 1-800-518-4726 or email support@grants.gov.

PTT Grants are administered according to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements, Cost Principles, and Audits. NCPTT staff administer the awards.