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Smathers Libraries Grants Program


Welcome to the Smathers Libraries Grants Program LibGuide! The Smathers Libraries Grants Program supports activities related to the submission and management of grant funds awarded to library faculty and staff. Explore these resources to assist in finding valuable information about funding opportunities, developing proposals, and managing funded awards.

Featured Grant Opportunity

 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program



May 24

Award Amount:


The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. This initiative gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to: exchange ideas; develop grant proposals; conduct research; consult with faculty and/or students; offer lectures or symposia; or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit.

The University of Florida can select faculty members to receive 2024-2025 grants up to $2,500 each.  Travel grant funds may not be used for non-travel-related expenses (e.g., books, supplies, computer software, honoraria, food for other than traveler, etc.), and it is not permissible to use funds for support/research staff. Travel dates for these visits must be between August 1, 2024 and July 31, 2025.

 Digital Humanities Advancement Grants – National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)



June 13

Award Amount:

up to $325,000

This program supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

The DHAG program supports projects at different phases of their lifecycles that respond to one or more of these programmatic priorities: 

  • research and refinement of innovative, experimental, or computationally challenging methods and techniques 
  • enhancement or design of digital infrastructure that contributes to and supports the humanities, such as open-source code, tools, or platforms
  • evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement



How to Serve on Grant Review Panels

Become a grant reviewer! Here are just a few ways to get involved with federal agency and other sponsors and contribute your professional expertise to the profession. It's a great way to learn more about the world of grants!

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Lyrasis Catalyst Fund

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Science Foundation (NSF) 

Merit Review: Why You Should Volunteer to Serve As An NSF Reviewer: 

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

US Dept. of Education: Various calls for peer reviewers are posted as funding becomes available; see this example:

Smathers Libraries Grants Activities Update

The Grants Activities Update is a monthly report produced by the Smathers Libraries Grants Management Program to keep our community informed about the status of ongoing grant projects. Proposals are tracked and categorized by whether they have been recently submitted, recently awarded, recently declined, pending, or active. The purpose of the report is to provide sufficient and transparent information about the status of all proposals. Information includes the title of the project, amount requested, amount contributed as cost share, proposal abstract, project team members, start and end dates, sponsor name and program, and a link to the full proposal hosted in the UF Institutional Repository.

New Awards


Concerts at Noon – ($7,182) The UF Architecture and Fine Arts (AFA) Library seeks to launch a new library service, hosting a concert series in which students from the School of Music and others will be able to perform in the library. To accommodate much of the music students are actively preparing, and to ensure that pianists have an instrument on which they can perform, a quality digital piano is needed for this “Concerts at Noon” series. The recitals aim to attract more students from the School of Music to the library, provide an informal performance venue, and help the library serve as a community gathering place. (Project Team: J. Mauldwin (PI)) (Start date: pending; end date: 12/31/2024) NEFLIN – Innovation Grant

Florida Ethnic and Under-Represented Communities Digital Newspaper Project – (Cash: $275,743; cost share: $49,351) The University of Florida requests $275,743 to select, digitize and make available to the Library of Congress approximately 100,000 historic newspaper pages through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Titles for digitization will be selected for their ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, and geographic diversity to better reflect Florida history in the first half of the twentieth century. Areas of focus include significant multilingual papers from counties unrepresented in Chronicling America; Cuban papers from Miami and Tampa; Jewish newspapers from Jacksonville; and papers from Tarpon Springs, an area with a significant Greek population. These electronic resources will provide context and support for research into the historical basis of racial issues that continue today and seem particularly relevant with current scholarly and public discussions. (Project team: P. Reakes (PI), M. Jerome (Co-PI), with S. Tew, L. Perry, A. Charnas, D. Durden, N. St. Croix, P. Collins (Start date: 09/01/2023; end date: 08/31/2025) National Digital Newspaper Program – National Endowment for the Humanities

Establishing evidence-based recommendations for high impact open access publishing of UF research  – (Cash: $110,745; cost share: $0) Does making academic work openly available increase the positive impact of that work? Does the type of open access publishing influence that impact? Scholars have numerous choices when deciding how best to share results of their research. This study aims to inform those choices, providing evidence-based recommendations to maximize the impact of disseminating scholarship to targeted audiences and comply with funders’ public access mandates. In this study, we will use UF IFAS research as a basis for a cited references analysis, starting with citing works and working backwards to identify publishing models used. The innovative research design will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to assess achievement of dissemination goals. Quantitative citation data from Dimensions, Scopus, and Web of Science will be analyzed, as well as the impact of non-traditional dissemination as measured by Altmetrics attention scores. Qualitative data from author surveys and focus groups will enrich the understanding of scholars’ publishing decisions as a function of intended audience, funding agency expectations, and other factors. Outputs of this project include recommendations for UF faculty to effectively disseminate scholarship, maximizing the impact of their research and their research dollars. Analytical methods developed from credible data sources can be modified for use by a variety of disciplines and useful in comparison of UF research to peer institutions. (Project team: T. Cataldo (PI), S. Stapleton (Co-PI), Sadie Hundemer (Co-PI) (IFAS, Agricultural Education and Communication). (Start date: 07/01/2023; end date: 6/30/2025) Libraries Research Seed Grant

Preserving the Journalistic Recordings of Burning Spear Media, 1971-1999 – (Cash: $49,751) The George A. Smathers Libraries (Libraries), University of Florida, and Burning Spear Media, LLC, will partner to digitize and make publicly accessible 1495+ audio and video recordings dating back to 1971. These media document the history of the Black Power struggle through activities of the Uhuru Movement. Recordings include conferences, workshops, Freedom Schools, Sunday Meetings, homeless activism, protest marches, speeches, electoral campaign activities, and activists’ personal accounts. Collection content includes 12 sessions of the International Tribunal on Reparations to Black People in the U.S., Huey Newton’s last speeches, and presentations by Omali Yeshitela in London and Africa. Recordings chronicle the survival, continuity and growth of the movement for Black Power and African Internationalism from 1971 to 1999.The Libraries will ingest and preserve these recordings, making them freely available through UF’s Digital Collections, offering rare resources for current and future generations of students, activists, journalists, film-makers, historians and the general public. (Project team: A. Hines (PI), J. Hofer (Co-PI)) (Start date: 9/1/2023; end date: 8/31/2024) Recordings at Risk – CLIR


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