Digital projects often require a diverse set of resources.  Below are internal and external grant opportunities that fund digital scholarship. But don’t go it alone.  Get in touch with us ( and we can help advise you on which funding opportunities are best for your work, how to write strong proposals, and what resources your college has to assist you in the grant-writing process. 

Our Grants

The Darby & Geri Nelson Cross-Disciplinary Research Assistant Program

The Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH) Program The Darby & Geri Nelson Cross-Disciplinary Research Assistant Programwith generous funding from the Darby and Geri Nelson are proud to announce cross-disciplinary research assistantships for faculty utilizing emerging technologies. Faculty are invited to apply for an undergraduate research assistant to employ on projects related to digital technologies and methodologies.

Digital Scholarship Grants from the University of Minnesota

Academic Innovation Grants Program

Supports CLA faculty and department innovation and student-centeredness in teaching and learning through the
integration of technology. Awards from $1,000 - 30,000

Open Access Publishing Fund

The Open Access Fund is intended to support UMN authors who have no other non-personal funds available to cover publication costs. A work must be a peer-reviewed journal article, scholarly monograph, conference proceeding, or data set and fully openly available immediately upon publication.

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry & Scholarship Program

Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Note that these funds are used to support independent research.

Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing Research Program

The Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing program offers research grants to support inquiry into writing in and across the disciplines.

Updraft Call for Proposals

Like a small-scale current of rising air, Updraft funding enables researchers to reach a higher "altitude" by addressing immediate and short-term needs.  Funding is limited to up to $7,500 per application for MnDRIVE related projects and up to $5,000 per application for other projects. To apply, submit a single page to explaining your needs.

U-Spatial Mapping Prize Competition

The U-Spatial Mapping Prize encourages students at the University of Minnesota to make provocative and innovative maps and will award substantial prizes in different categories (over $3,000 in cash awards). The U-Spatial Mapping Prizes are made possible by a generous gift from U of M alumnus Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri.

Artist In Residence Opportunity

Taking place over 40 hours between January and June 2018, residencies are open to dynamic, diverse candidates of any artistic discipline.  Artists will work collaboratively with the Libraries’ curatorial, research, and digital content staff—and possibly with each other—to engage in open-ended, exploratory creative projects that are informed or inspired by materials in Libraries’ collections.  Artists in residence will be compensated with a stipend of up to $1,500.

Digital Scholarship Grants from External Organizations

Grant Funding: Search Tools and Resources

The University Libraries offers a hands-on and online workshops on searching Pivot and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). Setting up e-mail updates in Pivot is also covered. The workshops are co-sponsored by Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Also discover links to additional funding resources, international activities, and proposal development.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

The Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through this program NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars and practitioners using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.  Application due March 12, 2019 for projects beginning October 1, 2019. 

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.  This program combines the former Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs; the combined program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.  Application due January 15, 2019.

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