NCPTT seeks innovative projects that advance science and technology for historic preservation. The PTT Grants program funds projects that develop new technologies or adapt 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 of 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. Grants are awarded competitively with a maximum award of $25,000 (including indirect costs). All grants require a one-to-one match of cash or in-kind services. Source of the match may be federal or non-federal resources.
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
• and ensure a sustainable future for cultural resources.
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2011