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.
The Technology Fee funds projects proposed by students, staff, and faculty through a competitive process each year. Any member in the UF community who has an idea for a proposal is encouraged to research its viability with the IT units which would support the project, then submit a concept paper.
The grant criteria include that:
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!
Merit Review: Why You Should Volunteer to Serve As An NSF Reviewer: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/merit_review/reviewer.jsp#3
US Dept. of Education: Various calls for peer reviewers are posted as funding becomes available; see this example: https://oese.ed.gov/2022-call-for-peer-reviewers/
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.
The Next Dimension in Scanning: Using Photogrammetry to Digitize 3-Dimensional Objects – (cash: $ 4,230; cost share: $1,288) The project team requests funding to purchase equipment for digitization of three-dimensional objects using photogrammetry, a method of using photographs to create 3D models. We will use photogrammetry to digitize four objects from the Baldwin Collection and the Panama Canal Collection over the length of the project. The 3D models will be uploaded to Sketchfab for viewing, and a link to the models will be included in the UFDC records for the objects. The project team will create documentation of this process, and after the grant period the equipment will be used to digitize other objects throughout the Libraries’ collections. (Project team: S. DeRoche (PI), & J. Goodson) (Start date: 1/3/2023; end date: 12/31/2023) Strategic Opportunities Program
Power Word Play: Circulating Tabletop Games - (Cash: $4,300; cost share: 2,388) This project seeks to add 80 Dungeons & Dragons kits for circulation at Library West and Marston Science Library. The proposed kits will contain polyhedral dice and game books required to play Dungeons & Dragons, with variants for individuals and small groups. We received positive feedback from students, staff, faculty, researchers, and local game organizations, who cited a need for accessible game resources for adults. This purchase will support the diversification of library resources and promote the social and emotional wellbeing of patrons at the University of Florida. (Project team: J. Mixson (PI), M. Meke, K. Ramhit, S. Pace, & C. Gott) (Start date:1/3/2023; end date:12/31/2023) Strategic Opportunities Program