NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.
PTT Grants Program
NCPTT seeks innovative projects that advance science and technology for historic preservation. The PTT Grants program funds projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
• laboratory or field research that explores or assesses novel or adaptive methods;
• training activities, including workshops, and course or curriculum development that promote the use of new or adaptive technologies;
• documentation using new methods;
• manuscript or website development that disseminates innovative preservation technologies; and
• meetings that convene experts to discuss the use of technologies to address preservation problems.
NCPTT does not fund “bricks and mortar” projects or straight-forward documentation projects using well-established methods.
NCPTT funds projects within several overlapping disciplinary areas. These include:
• collections management
• historic landscapes
• materials conservation
Although any proposal will be considered that advances NCPTT’s mission, NCPTT will give preference to proposals that advance technologies or methods to:
• conserve cultural resources of the “recent past,”
• monitor and evaluate preservation treatments,
• investigate minimally invasive techniques to inventory and assess cultural resources,
• protect cultural resources against natural and human threats,
• preserve cemeteries and places of worship,
• safeguard resources from effects of pollution and climate, and
• ensure a sustainable future for cultural resources.
NCPTT supports single year projects. Grants are awarded competitively with the maximum award of $25,000. Proposals with a one to one cash or in-kind match will be given preference. NCPTT typically receives 40 proposals and funds approximately 10 grants per year.
The 2013 grants will be awarded during the federal fiscal year 2013 — October 1, 2012-September 30, 2013. Grants are funded by annual federal appropriation and are subject to availability of funds.
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.
Reviewers evaluate each project proposal by the following criteria. The successful proposed project should
• address an identifiable national need in preservation technology,
• present innovative technologies,
• demonstrate a technically sound methodology,
• have a principal investigator well qualified to conduct the proposed work,
• disseminate project results effectively,
• be cost effective given the scope of work and the audience,
• provide a one-to-one match of funding with cash or in-kind services, and
• be completed within one year of a signed grant agreement.
Projects that result in tangible grant products that disseminate information beyond traditional ways (e.g. online web based training, webinars, podcasts, videos, DVDs, electronic publishing, etc.) will be reviewed favorably.
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.
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 will administer the awards
PTT proposal submittal in Grants.gov requires completion of six documents:
2. Key Contacts Form
3. Project Abstract
4. Project Narrative
5. SF-424A Budget
6. SF-424B Assurances for Non-Construction Programs
Download, fill-out, and submit forms at grants.gov for opportunity number DOI-NPS-NCPT-2013. An application package containing the six forms can be found by searching on the opportunity number or the CFDA number (15.923).
Please enter the following information in the Application for Federal Assistance form, SF-424. Instructions are provided in a PDF document at http://www.grants.gov/assets/SF424Instructions.pdf
1. Type of Submission: Mark Application box
2. Type of Application: Mark New box
3. Date Received: Leave this field blank. This date will be assigned by the Federal agency.
4. Application Identifier: Leave this field blank.
5. Federal Entity Identifier: Leave this field blank
6. Date Received by State: Leave this field blank.
7. State Application Identifier: Leave this field blank.
8. Applicant Information: Enter the following in accordance with agency instructions:
a. Legal Name: (Required) Enter the legal name of applicant that will undertake the assistance activity. This is the organization that has registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Information on registering with CCR may be obtained by visiting www.Grants.gov.
b. Employer/Taxpayer Number (EIN/TIN): (Required) Enter the employer or taxpayer identification number (EIN or TIN) as assigned by the Internal Revenue Service. If your organization is not in the US, enter 44-4444444.
c. Organizational DUNS: (Required) Enter the organization’s DUNS or DUNS+4 number received from Dun and Bradstreet. Information on obtaining a DUNS number may be obtained by visiting www.Grants.gov.
d. Address: Enter address: Street 1 (Required); city (Required); County/Parish, State (Required if country is US), Province, Country (Required), 9-digit zip/postal code (Required if country US).
e. Organizational Unit: Enter the name of the primary organizational unit, department or division that will undertake the assistance activity.
f. Name and contact information of person to be contacted on matters involving this application: Enter the first and last name (Required); prefix, middle name, suffix, title. Enter organizational affiliation if affiliated with an organization other than that in 7.a.Telephone number and email (Required); fax number.
9. Type of Applicant: (Required) Select up to three applicant type(s) in accordance with agency instructions.
A. State Government
B. County Government
C. City or Township Government
D. Special District Government
E. Regional Organization
F. U.S. Territory or Possession
G. Independent School District
H. Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
I. Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
J. Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
K. Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization
L. Public/Indian Housing Authority
N. Private Institution of Higher Education
P. For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
Q. Small Business
R. Hispanic-serving Institution
S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
T. Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
U. Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
V. Non-US Entity
W. Other (specify)
10. Name of Federal Agency: Enter National Park Service
11. Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance Number/Title: Enter 15.923 and National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
12. Funding Opportunity Number/Title: (Required) Enter DOI-NPS-NCPT-2013, 2013 Preservation Technology and Training Grants
13. Competition Identification Number/Title: Leave this field Blank.
14. Areas Affected By Project: This data element is intended for use only by programs for which the area(s) affected are likely to be different than the place(s) of performance reported on the SF-424 Project/Performance Site Location(s) Form.
15. Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project: (Required) Enter a brief descriptive title of the project.
16. Congressional Districts Of: 15a. (Required) Enter the applicant’s congressional district. 15b. Enter all district(s) affected by the program or project. Enter in the format: 2 characters state abbreviation – 3 characters district number, e.g., CA-005 for California 5th district, CA-012 for California 12 district, NC-103 for North Carolina’s 103 district. If all congressional districts in a state are affected, enter “all” for the district number, e.g., MD-all for all congressional districts in Maryland. If nationwide, i.e. all districts within all states are affected, enter US-all. If the program/project is outside the US, enter 00-000.
17. Proposed Project Start and End Dates: (Required) Enter the proposed start date and end date of the project. PTT Grants are limited to one year project funds. NCPTT plans to award funds by June 2013. Start dates should be around that time. End dates should be no later than September 30, 2014.
18. Estimated Funding: (Required) Enter the amount requested, or to be contributed during the first funding/budget period by each contributor. Value of in-kind contributions should be included on appropriate lines, as applicable. If the action will result in a dollar change to an existing award, indicate only the amount of the change. For decreases, enclose the amounts in parentheses.
19. Is Application Subject to Review by State Under Executive Order 12372 Process? (Required) Applicants should contact the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Federal Executive Order 12372 to determine whether the application is subject to the State intergovernmental review process. Select the appropriate box. If “a.” is selected, enter the date the application was submitted to the State.
20. Is the Applicant Delinquent on any Federal Debt? (Required) Select the appropriate box. This question applies to the applicant organization, not the person who signs as the authorized representative. Categories of federal debt include; but, may not be limited to: delinquent audit disallowances, loans and taxes. If yes, include an explanation in an attachment.
21. Authorized Representative: To be signed and dated by the authorized representative of the applicant organization. Enter the first and last name (Required); prefix, middle name, suffix. Enter title, telephone number, email (Required); and fax number.
Key Contacts Form
Please provide information for the Principal Investigator or Project Manager. This is the person principally responsible for completing the work.
Application Organization Name: Enter the legal name of applicant that will undertake the assistance activity. This is the organization that has registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).
Contact 1 Project Role: Enter Principal Investigator or Project Manager
Contact Person: Prefix, First Name, Last Name, Suffix, Title, and Organizational Affiliation
Contact Address: Street, City, State,Country, Zip/Postal Code
Contact Phone: Telephone, Fax
Summary of proposed work suitable for dissemination to the public (100 words). The project abstract will be a file attachment in the application. Please create the file in Microsoft Word or Word compatible software.
The project narrative will be a file attachment in the application. Please create the file in Microsoft Word or Word compatible software.
The project narrative must follow the outline below:
1. Project Title.
2. Discipline. Include archeology, architecture, engineering, collections, historic landscapes, or materials conservation
3. Research Priority. Include the NCPTT research priority related to your proposal, if applicable.
4. Innovation. Describe how the project is innovative (100 words).
5. Project Description. Describe the background and the approach to the project. Include a discussion of the technical soundness of the methods (1000 words).
6. Bibliography. Include references cited in the project description.
7. National Need. A statement about how the proposal addresses an identifiable national need in preservation technology (250 words).
8. Schedule. Include schedule and project tasks. (500 words).
9. Dissemination. Describe how your work will be share with others (250 words).
10. Deliverables. Describe deliverables or products associated with project (500 words).
11. Qualifications. Summary of the expertise and project-related experience of the principal investigator (500 words) and of the research team (1000 words).
12. Project Income. If the project is expected to generate income, please indicate the nature and source of the income. How will these funds be used to offset costs for the project?
SF-424 A Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs
A PDF document containing full instructions can be found at http://www07.grants.gov/assets/InstructionsSF424A.pdf.
This form is designed so that application can be made for funds from one or more grant programs. NCPTT assumes that the applicant is only requesting funds from the PTT Grant program and no other federal grant program at this time.
Section A. Budget Summary
1. Grant Program or Activity: Enter “2013 PTT Grants Program”
Catalog of Domestic Federal Assistance: Enter “15.923”
Estimated Unobligated funds Federal: Enter the total amount of funds requested from NCPTT, NOT TO EXCEED $25,000.
Estimated Unobligated funds Non-Federal: Enter the total amount of funds and in-kind services provided by the applicant.
Leave all other fields blank. Totals should automatically calculate.
Section B. Budget Categories
6. Object Class Categories
Grant Program, Function or Activity:
In Column (1) Enter “2013 PTT Grant Program”
In Column (2) Enter Applicant Organization’s Name for matching funds.
For each column show the amount requested from NCPTT and the amount provided by the applicant as a match. Matching funds can be cash or the value of in-kind services. Use only the budget categories outlined below.
a. Personnel: This category includes applicant’s staff gross salaries. (Salaries cannot exceed $715 per day).
b. Fringe Benefits: b) Payroll expenses for applicant’s staff salaries — benefits, taxes, etc. — paid by applicant, organization, or institution.
c. Travel: This category includes travel costs for applicant’s staff. For travel funded by NCPTT, lodging, meals and incidental expenses may not exceed federal rates by location. For federal rates by location, see
d. Equipment: Rental is preferred. Purchase of equipment will be considered if shown to be cost-effective.
e. Supplies: This are consumable materials or supplies used in the project.
f. Contractual: This category includes fees and travel costs for consultants. Principal investigators and others who are not on applicant’s staff are considered consultants. Consultant salaries are not to exceed $715 per day.
g. Construction: Itemize costs for construction: mockups or samples, purchasing construction materials required to complete the proposed project.
h. Other: This category can be used to show matching funds from the difference between NCPTT’s allowable indirect cost rate and the indirect cost rate agreement approved by a federal agency. (See line 6j).
i. Total Direct Charges (sum of 6a-6h): this amount will be automatically calculated in the form.
j. Indirect Charge: Organizations or institutions with an indirect cost agreement approved by a federal agency. Indirect costs funded by NCPTT shall not exceed approved rate or one-third of total direct costs, whichever is less. Organizations or institutions without an indirect cost agreement approved by a federal agency: Show $0 for NCPTT funds requested for indirect costs.
k. TOTALS (sum of 6i and 6j): this amount will be automatically calculated in the form.
7. Program Income: Enter the estimated income if any expected to be generated from this project. Do not add or subtract this amount from the total project amount. Show under the project narrative statement the nature and sources of income. The estimated amount of income may be considered by NCPTT in determining the total amount of the grant award.
Section C. Non Federal Resources
Lines 8-11 Enter amounts of non-Federal resources that will be used on the grant.
Column (a) -Enter the program titles identical to Column (a), Section A. A breakdown by function or activity is not necessary.
Column (b) -Enter the contribution to be made by the applicant.
Column (c) -Enter the amount of the State’s cash and in-kind contribution if the applicant is not a State or State agency. Applicants which are a State or State agencies should leave this column blank.
Column (d) -Enter the amount of cash and in-kind contributions to be made from all other
Column (e) – Enter totals of Columns (b), (c), and (d).
Line 12 -Enter the total for each of Columns (b)-(e). The amount in Column (e) should be equal to the amount on Line 5, Column (f), Section A.
Section D – Forecasted Cash Needs
Leave lines 13-15 in this section blank.
Section E – Budget Estimates of Federal Funds Needed for the Balance of the Project
Leave lines 16-20 in this section blank.
Section F – Other Budget Information
Line 21 -Use this space to explain amounts for individual direct object class cost categories that may appear to be out of the ordinary or to explain the details as required by the Federal grantor agency.
Line 22 -Enter the type of indirect rate (provisional, predetermined, final or fixed) that will be in effect during the funding period, the estimated amount of the base to which
the rate is applied, and the total indirect expense.
Line 23 -Provide any other explanations or comments deemed necessary.
SF-424 B Assurances for Non-Construction Programs
1. Title: Enter the title of the official certifying that the applicant organization will comply with the requirements set forth in this assurance form
2. Applicant Organization: Enter the name of the applicant organization
To prepare a proposal to NCPTT, go to the grants.gov website. Your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) will submit the package.
• You will need to be a registered applicant. .
• The you will need the organization’s Taxpayer identification Number (TIN) and DUNS number.
• In the red sidebar, choose applicant login, and login with your username and password.
• In the second paragraph in this page you can choose Apply for Grants.
• Click on Download A Grant Application Package.
• Search for the Preservation Technology and Training Grant Opportunity using the opportunity number or the CFDA number
o Opportunity Number: DOI-NPS-NCPT-2013
o CFDA NUMBER: 15.923
• You can click on the application package and choose to download it to your computer.
• Fill out the six forms in the application package.
TIPS for filling out forms:
• The form requires a nine digit zip code, if your grant doesn’t have one, look it up at https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction!input.action
• To find the congressional district, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members. you will use the first to letters of the state and three numbers for the district. For example, the Sixth congressional district of Idaho is ID006.
Submitting your package
• Upon completion of your forms, go to the top of the application page, and click “check package for errors.” The program will highlight issues on the forms that can be corrected. Click the “check package for errors” button again.
• Once the forms have passed, you will go to the save button on top of the application package and save a copy on your computer.
• The “Save and Submit” button will become active after you have saved your form to your computer.
• Submit the package by clicking on “Save and Submit.” You will receive a confirmation on your computer screen when the package is successfully submitted.
Deadline for online submission: November 1, 2012
For more information contact:
Andy Ferrell, Chief, Architecture & Engineering
Dr. Mary F. Striegel, Chief, Materials Conservation
Tad Britt, Chief, Archeology & Collections
Debbie Smith, Chief, Historic Landscapes