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.

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2019 Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission: Thursday, January 10, 2019 by 3:00PM ET for Projects beginning August 15, 2019

Funding Opportunity Number: P19AS00001

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 $30,000)
  • 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 $30,000. 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:

  • Disaster Planning and Response
  • Innovative Techniques for Documentation
  • Pioneering Treatments for Materials
  • Managing Vegetation in an Historic Context
  • Translating Preservation Practice to the Public

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.

  1. Innovation:
    1. How is the research new and different from other projects?
    2. How is the project technical in nature?
    3. In what ways is the project technically sound?
    4. How do project results improve the preservation practice?
    5. Does the proposed project address a published NCPTT Research Priority? If so, which one?
  2. National Need and Impact:
    1. Describe the project’s significance and national impact.
    2. How does this project address a wide range of preservation needs?
    3. How are the project results applicable to more than one cultural resource?
    4. Methodology:
    5. Explain Methodology.
    6. Is the methodology sound, reasonable, and logical?
    7. Work Plan:
    8. Insure work plan is feasible and can be completed in one year.
    9. Dissemination:
    10. Disseminate project results.
    11. How will the results be disseminated beyond conference presentations. and journal articles?
    12. Qualifications:
    13. Assemble an experienced team to complete the activity
    14. Budget:
    15. Propose a budget that is reasonable and customary for the expected outcomes.
    16. Are the costs necessary and reasonable for the performance of the grant?
    17. Are unit costs used to describe salaries and benefits?
    18. If your proposed budget includes indirect costs, negotiated indirect cost rate agreement must be provided with your proposal.

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

There’s a new, simpler way to apply!
First, download the Full Funding Opportunity Announcement from our website or from, under the notice of funding opportunity P19AS00001.

Submit your application via email with the required application documents as email attachments to by the deadline Thursday, January 10 at 3:00 PM ET. Applications submitted by other means or not received by the deadline will not be considered.

In the event the applicant experiences technical difficulties with submitting their application, please contact:  Kevin Ammons ( or 318-356-7444) or Todd Wilson ( or 303-358-8403).

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
    • Budget Justification
    • Project Cover Sheet with Project Abstract
    • Project Narrative
    • Project Key Contacts

Submit your application via email with the required application documents as email attachments to by the deadline Thursday, January 10 at 3:00 PM ET.

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

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