Deadline: July 6, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite proposals for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives. Working together, the Cooperatives will develop technical and human infrastructures to support the digital publication of documentary and scholarly editions and to provide for their long-term preservation, discovery, and use. This proposes a process for project teams to build—from the ground up rather than from the top down—a cooperative infrastructure for publication based on their own needs and capacities. Working iteratively and in concert, project teams will also explore ways to operate as a federated system: to build broader connections at the level of technical infrastructure, shared semantics, and cooperative policies. During the proposed planning year, project teams will engage in a set of focused discussions about what would constitute those connective strands

Developing the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives will be a two-stage process for Planning and Implementation. Up to eight planning grants will provide funds to support the first stage, beginning no later than February 1, 2018. Each project team will consist of a principal investigator to spearhead the initiative, a lead representative from each of at least three participating editions and the host institution(s). During the Planning stage, each team will develop a proposal for implementing a Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative. Planning grants are for one year and up to $100,000.

All planning teams would be eligible to apply for Implementation funding. Three implementation grants of between $350,000 and $500,000, each for up to three years, are expected to be awarded. Implementation grants will be awarded in September 2019, with a start date of no later than October 1, 2019. 

Optional drafts are due May 15, 2017 and final applications are due July 6, 2017.

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