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Grants and Fellowships: Funding Opportunities: Past UF Grant Proposals

The UF Libraries Grants Management Program supports the research and training of students and library faculty; and all processes related to submission and management of Libraries' grant funded projects.

Proposals in the UF Institution Repository

The Grants @ UF Digital Collection, within the Institutional Repository @ UF, includes full grant proposals. These grant proposals are here for reference, to assist in the development of new proposals, to provide ready and permanent online access to the proposals to assess impact, and to ensure the proposals are archived and preserved through the UF Libraries.

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Sample Proposals


Today’s Technology for Accessing Florida Newspapers

he George A. Smathers Libraries (Libraries) at the University of Florida (UF) request $503,644 to produce the Florida Digital Newspaper Library portal (FDNL 3.0, see Appendix A for site mockup) to deliver free and open access to millions of pages of historical content previously only available in a UF digital collection. In response to feedback provided by the Division of Library Services Grant Review Panel for a Florida newspapers digitization LSTA proposal, the project team proposes to eliminate accessibility and usability barriers extant in the 2006 release of FDNL 1.0through a fully functional, contemporary online portal. Today’s Technology seeks to serve local communities and individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who require electronic access to their civic histories that strengthen community ties. To achieve this, the project will: 1) completed FDNL 2.0 portal goes live, 2) select and digitize 1.5 million additional pages of Florida newspaper from microfilm to add to the existing 2.9 million digital newspaper pages at UF, 3) conduct usability testing on FDNL 2.0 as a precursor to a more comprehensive FDNL 3.0, 4) create online training modules for user enhanced access and features,5) develop and deliver guest lectures to Florida Library and Information Studies programs, 6) release FDNL3.0 portal, and 7) promote content and training to users statewide



Middle Grade and Young Adult Books with Black, Indigenous People and People of Color: Where Are They?

The project team, in partnership with Bates College and California State University-Fresno, with promotional support from state library associations, seeks $427,100 to enhance the discoverability of middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) novels featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC) characters. The two primary goals of this project are to: 1) create a database that identifies not just who are included in MG/YA books featuring BIPOC characters, but how they are represented and 2) to create a freely available analysis tool that can easily be used by librarians to analyze the diversity of their own MG/YA novel collections.



Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean

Film on a Boat will serve a continuing partnership between the University of Florida (UF) and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR) to digitize each institutions' unique, hidden holdings of Caribbean newspapers on master microfilm. This three-year project seeks to digitize and make freely available 800,000 pages of pre-1923 Caribbean newspapers. The partners will produce new second generation microfilm negatives; catalog individual titles; conduct issue-level collation; send to a vendor for digitization, creation of derivative files, and OCR text files; perform quality control on deliverables; and ingest into the Digital Library of the Caribbean ( and Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña ( Once available digitally, these resources will provide scholars with access to previously unavailable information on daily life in the Caribbean to enable new research and research questions from a variety of fields and disciplines on cross-cutting issues including migration, social movements, history, and literature.


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