Scholarly Communications and Information Technology
The Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Program was formed in 2010 through the merger of the Programs on Scholarly Communications and Research in Information Technology.
Scholarly communications covers a broad range of activities, including the discovery, collection, organization, evaluation, interpretation, and preservation of primary and other sources of information, and the publication and dissemination of scholarly research. Within this wide area, the Foundation’s grantmaking in scholarly communications has three main objectives: (1) to support libraries and archives in their efforts to preserve and provide access to materials of broad cultural and scholarly significance; (2) to assist scholars in the development of specialized resources that promise to open or advance fields of study in the humanities and humanistic social sciences; and (3) to strengthen the publication of humanistic scholarship and its dissemination to the widest possible audience.
Information technology includes the design, development, implementation, and support of computer-based systems for converting, storing, protecting, processing, retrieving, and transmitting information in electronic form. Grantmaking in information technology focuses on the development of computer-based applications and systems that advance the objectives of the five core areas of Foundation interest: the liberal arts and humanistic scholarship in higher education, scholarly communications, museums and art conservation, performing arts, and conservation and the environment.
The Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Program is especially interested in developments that:
- Use forms of scholarly communications to stimulate collaborations among scholars and scholarly institutions in ways that substantially advance knowledge;
- Apply technology in the core program areas of the Foundation in order to improve quality, lower costs, accelerate work, open new perspectives, or make improvements possible that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve.
- Help sustain scholarly communications and information technologies economically.
Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program staff are rarely able to respond positively to unsolicited requests. However, staff welcome letters of inquiry regarding ideas that fall within the program described above and review them throughout the year. Before writing, please review the Foundation's general requirements for grant proposals in the Grant Inquiries section of this Web site. It may be helpful for you to consult the lists of recent grantees of the program in the Foundation's annual reports. We also suggest that you review the essay entitled "Priorities for the Scholarly Communications Program."
Letters of inquiry should be brief, extending no more than three pages. The letter should describe: the project for which you are seeking funding; its scope, objectives, and significance; why you require external funding and what benefits you would achieve from such funding; the specific activities for which funding is being requested; and how much funding is needed. Please also include a brief budget outlining how the funds would be allocated. Note that grants within the Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program do not cover overhead or indirect costs, or graduate student tuition. We will let you know promptly whether the project fits with our current funding priorities.
Please direct all inquiries by email to:
Donald J. Waters