National funding in the Netherlands

Metamorfoze

Institution

Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) and Nationaal Archief (National Archives of the Netherlands)

Description/Main requirements

This programme focuses on material of Dutch origin, kept in cultural heritage institutions with a depository function (such as scholarly libraries, larger regional or local libraries, archival institutions, regional historical centers, historical documentation centers, museums and research institutes). The funding objective is the preservation of paper heritage. The programme is divided into two sections: Archives and Special Collections (ABC) and Books, Newspapers and Periodicals (BKT). Requests for funding are evaluated based on two main criteria: the content of the collection is considered to be of national interest and the material is threatened by autonomous decay (such as ink corrosion or acidification).

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Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Institution

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Description/Main requirements

This fund supports institutions that do not receive structural government funding and contributes to a range of projects related to art and culture as well as research and education. However, ‘digital projects’ and ‘accessibility of archives’ are specifically mentioned on the fund’s website. Eligible projects should invest in dissemination, contribute to the field of cultural heritage on a national level, and, preferably, provide access to data that was not yet available anywhere else.

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Gedeeld Cultureel Erfgoed (Shared Cultural Heritage), 2013-2016

Institution

DutchCulture Matching Fund

Description/Main requirements

The GCE Matching Fund concentrates on shared cultural heritage in the Netherlands or one of the partner countries (Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Suriname, Sri Lanka, the United States, and South Africa). To be eligible for funding, projects should be organized in collaboration with one of the partner countries, run for a maximum of four years, receive additional funding, and fit into one of the following themes: Heritage & Local development, Heritage & the Transmission of knowledge; Heritage & Story telling. For digitization projects, the second theme seems most applicable, as this field includes enhancing access to (Dutch language) archives and training on heritage preservation.

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Free Competition Humanities

Institution

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Description/Main requirements

NWO supports scientific research. Within the Free Competition Humanities, researchers can apply for funding for research that does not fall under the thematic funding programmes. Senior researchers with a tenured or temporary appointment at an institution recognised by NWO can submit a proposal for postdoc and PhD research.

Funding may be requested for personnel costs as well as material costs and investments, such as the purchase and construction of databases, digital corpora, tools, resources such as hardware, software and equipment. This means that investments needed for digitization in the framework of a research project may be funded by NWO.

To be eligible for funding, the research project must consist of at least two sub-projects seeking answers to one central research question. Moreover, all funded projects will have to sign a Data contract for archiving and providing access with DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services).

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