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The proposal submission period ended on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research, training, and publications that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. 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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2014 Call for Proposals

Due to sequestration, the number of grants awarded under the 2014 PTT Grants program will be limited.

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Disciplines

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

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

Focus

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:

  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Disaster Planning and Response
  • 3D Documentation and Visualization

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

Eligibility

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 two 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.

 

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.