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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 40 | 16. Juli 2012
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Programme

After a successful first series of calls from 2008 to 2010 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States will continue their cooperative efforts in funding projects in the Bilateral Digital Humanities Programme.

To encourage new approaches in any field of the humanities DFG and NEH will provide funding for projects that contribute to the development and implementation of digital infrastructures and services for humanities research. The continued initiative focusses on collaborative projects in any of these core fields:

  • developing innovative methods – as well as standards and best practices – for building and merging digital collections that are important to the American and German scholarly community for use in humanities research;

  • developing and implementing generic tools, methods, and techniques for accessing and processing digital resources relevant to humanities research;

  • ensuring the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive);

  • creating new digital modes of scholarly communication and publishing that facilitate international cooperation and dissemination of humanities scholarship;

  • developing models and case studies for effectively managing digital data generated in humanities research projects (for example, texts, audio files, photographs, 3D objects).

Grants provide combined funding for up to three years. Collaboration between U.S. and German partners is a key requirement and applications should explain the need for the bilateral partnership and how it will be of special value to the field.

Proposals should be submitted no later than 27 September 2012.

Details on this funding opportunity, application requirements and procedures can be found in the joint guidelines (see below under “Further information”). Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact programme officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal.

Further Information

The joint guidelines for implementation are available at:

Contact person at the DFG:

  • Dr. Christoph Kümmel
    Scientific Library Services and Information Systems
    German Research Foundation
    phone: +49 228 885-2857

Contact person at the NEH: