Over the past 15 years, NCPTT has funded more than $7 million in projects that advance science and technology in historic preservation. Many of these projects led to breakthroughs like the Sentricon termite baiting system [pdf download] and the “dPlan” online disaster planning tool. The 2011 Preservation Technology Grants call for proposals is now underway, and we’re looking forward to working with the next group of preservation innovators.

A thorough explanation of how our grants program works can be found at our official page on the subject, but here’s a brief outline of what we’re looking for:

Proposals should seek to develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Projects may include, but are not limited to

  1. laboratory or field research that explores or assesses novel or adaptive methods;
  2. training activities, including workshops, and course or curriculum development that promote the use of new or adaptive technologies;
  3. documentation using new methods;
  4. manuscript or website development that disseminates innovative preservation technologies; and
  5. meetings that convene experts to discuss the use of technologies to address preservation problems.

We DO NOT fund “bricks and mortar” projects or documentation projects using traditional methods.

If you aren’t sure if your idea fits our program, you can submit a pre-proposal by Oct. 1, 2010, and a member of our staff will give you feedback. If you really want to improve your odds, check out “Six ways of improving your chances of getting an NCPTT grant.”

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119