As mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act, NCPTT supports the research, development, and transfer of technologies to the field of preservation through its Preservation Technology and Training Grants program. Each year, the National Center awards grants of up to $25,000 for innovative research, unique training opportunities, and publications about preservation technology. Universities, non-profit organizations, and federal, state, and local agencies are eligible for these awards, which require in-kind or cash matches to leverage the PTT Grant funds. The deadline for grant submissions falls in mid-October each year.

2011 PTT Grant Awards

In FY2011, NCPTT announced thirteen grant awards selected from a pool of thirty-four complete applications. These grants, totaling $285,000, leveraged matches of $490,100 in cash and in-kind services. Recipients included:

Understanding Traditional and Modern Paints and Stains for Exterior Wood: The Association for Preservation Technology will develop selection guidelines on paints and stains for extending the life of exterior historic wood materials. ($25,000)

Development of Life-Cycle Assessment Charts for Preservation and Rehabilitation (LCA-PR) of historic structures: Clemson University researchers will extend structural engineering analysis techniques to develop Life-Cycle Assessment charts in order to predict the lifetime of historic structures. ($25,000)

Permanent Conditions Monitoring to Validate the Energy Design Models: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will partner with researchers to collect data at an historic site in order to validate computer models on building energy performance. ($11,000)

Archeological Survey Technologies, Data Integration, and Applications (ASTDA) Workshop and Seminar: Archeologists at Brown University will host workshops that advance the latest archeological survey techniques. ($25,000)

Practical Applications of Low-cost Digital Photogrammetric Methods for Preservation Documentation: The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum staff will evaluate the practical applications of digital photogrammetric methods for preservation documentation at Georgia O’Keeffe’s historic home and studio at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico as a case study. ($25,000)

Raman Spectroscopy Workshop and Database Training for the Preservation Community: Conservation scientists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer a workshop on Raman Spectroscopy and aid in development of a Raman spectral database for identifying cultural materials and treatments. ($12,000)

New York State Energy Conservation Code Compliance Training for Historic Properties: Staff of the Preservation League of New York State will create a training program tailored for historic property owners on compliance with the state’s energy code. ($25,000)

An Innovative Educational Game Strategy for Conservation and Preservation: Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology will create a working example of an educational role playing computer game to teach preservation and conservation. ($25,000)

Comprehensive Understanding of Archeological Magnetism and Instrumentation: Archeologists at the University of Arkansas will undertake research to improve the knowledge obtained from archeological magnetism studies. ($18,000)

pXRF Guidelines for Pesticide Residue Survey and Removal Evaluation on Textiles: University of Arizona researchers will use pXRF to analyze a Navajo textile collection known to be contaminated with heavy metal pesticides in order to develop guidelines for pesticide residue surveys and treatments. ($25,000)

LiDAR Surveyor: Automated Extraction of Archeological Features from Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Imaging Data: Staff at the University of Iowa Office of the State Archeologist will develop automated methods to improve the identification of archeological features, such as burial mounds, using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Imaging Data. ($22,000)

Dendrogeomorphological Investigation of Earthwork Stability at Poverty Point SHS, Louisiana: Researchers from the University of Louisiana at Monroe will use novel methodology based on tree growth rings to evaluate the stability of earthworks at Poverty Point State Historic Site in Louisiana. ($22,000)

Austin Historical Survey MOBILE: Optimizing a Survey Web Tool for Data Collection in the Field: University of Texas at Austin researchers will develop and optimize a web tool to survey historic resources in the field. ($25,000)

A PTT Grant was awarded to the University of Arizona to analyze contaminated Navajo textiles.

A PTT Grant was awarded to the University of Arizona to analyze contaminated Navajo textiles.

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