NOTE: The 2018 PTT Grants Call for Proposals will be delayed until NCPTT has further information about the FY 2018 budget.

The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. Since the inception of the grants program in 1994, the National Center has awarded over 300 grants totaling more than $9.1 million in Federal funds.

Please read the Call for Proposals below and How to Apply to be certain your project complies with the general requirements of the PTT Grants Program. All applications must be submitted through the website.

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2017 Call for Proposals

Preservation Technology and Training Grants 2017

Deadline for submission: Thursday, November 03, 2016 for Projects beginning July 15, 2017

Funding Opportunity Number: P16AS00579

CFDA Number: 15.923


The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. PTT Grants will support the following activities:

  • Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $25,000 to $40,000)
  • Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $25,000)
  • How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000)

The maximum grant award is $40,000. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity.

NCPTT does not fund “bricks and mortar” grants.


NCPTT funds projects within several overlapping disciplinary areas.  These include:

  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Collections Management
  • Engineering
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Materials Conservation


In order to focus research efforts, NCPTT requests innovative proposals that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation in the following areas:

  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Disaster Planning and Response
  • Modeling and Managing Big Data
  • Innovative Techniques for Documentation
  • Protective Coatings and Treatments

Other research topics may be considered for funding. The maximum grant award amount is dependent on the activity proposed.


The following organizations are eligible to submit proposals:

  • U.S. universities and colleges,
    • U.S. non-profit organizations: museums, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activity, and
    • government agencies in the U.S.: National Park Service and other federal, state, territorial and local government agencies, as well as Hawaiian Natives, Native American and Alaska Native tribes and their Tribal Historic Preservation Offices.

Other organizations can participate only as contractors to eligible U.S. partners. Grants funds support only portions of projects that are undertaken or managed directly by U.S. partners and expended in the U.S. and its territories.

Review Criteria

Reviewers evaluate each project proposal by the following criteria. The successful application should

  1. Address, use or adapt innovative preservation technology
  2. Describe the project’s significance and national impact
  3. Explain methodology
  4. Insure work plan is feasible and can be completed in one year
  5. Disseminate project results
  6. Assemble an experienced team to complete the activity
  7. Propose a budget that is reasonable and customary for the expected outcomes

Preference will be given to projects that (1) provide an in-kind match (e.g. funds, personnel, equipment, etc.) and (2) that use innovative dissemination techniques to reach the largest possible audience  (e.g. online training, webinars, podcasts, videos, DVDs, etc.) .

Other Considerations

NCPTT reviews proposals for disciplinary, geographical and institutional distribution. Additionally, a National Park Service (NPS) grants administrator reviews for financial and policy matters. Special consideration will be given to proposals that leverage resources through public and private partnerships.

Grants Administration

PTT Grants are administered according to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements, Cost Principles, and Audits. NCPTT staff will administer the awards.

Pre-Proposal Guidance

Applicants are encouraged to contact NCPTT to discuss their ideas prior to submitting a proposal. NCPTT staff will provide feedback on the degree of fit between the proposed idea and the mission of the grants program, along with suggestions for improving competitiveness. Please contact the expert below that most closely relates to the subject matter of your grant idea.

Archeology & Collections, contact Tad Britt,

Architecture & Engineering, contact Andy Ferrell,

Historic Landscapes, contact Debbie Smith,

Materials Conservation, contact Dr. Mary F. Striegel,

You may also call (318) 356-7444 and an operator will connect you with the appropriate party.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through For More Information, download the Full Funding Opportunity Announcement and the How to Apply Quick Guide for 2017 NCPTT Grants.

If you have difficulty with accessing the application, please call the Help Desk at 1-800-518-4726 or email

Important! Application Checklist

  • Verify and if necessary update your institution’s Entity record, or create an Entity record for your institution, at the System for Award Management (SAM). Complete at least four weeks before the deadline.
  • Verify your institution’s registration or register your institution with Complete at least two weeks before the deadline.
  • Download the application package from
  • Complete the following forms contained in the application package.
    • SF-424 Mandatory Application for Federal Assistance
    • SF-424A Budget
    • SF-424B Assurances
    • SF-LLL
    • Project Cover Sheet with Project Abstract
    • Project Narrative
    • Project Key Contacts
  • Upload your application to NCPTT strongly suggests that you submit your application no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Doing so will leave you time to contact the help desk for support, should you encounter a technical problem of some kind. The help desk is now available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day (except on federal holidays), at 1-800-518-4726. You can also send an e-mail message to

Deadline for submission: Thursday, November 03, 2016

NOTE: The 2017 PTT Grant deadline passed on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

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

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