Digital Consulting & Production Services

Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences

Program Goals

The program aims to support collaborative and creative use of resources through the creation of digital content of enduring value to the Cornell community and scholarship at large. The application process does not require any expertise — all you need is a good idea as the Library’s visual resources team will guide you through the process. The program, coordinated by the Cornell University Library, was developed by the Visual Resources Advisory Group. Visit Cornell University Library’s visual resources page for more information about our services.

Examples of proposals that are within the scope of the grants program include:

  • Creating new digital collections that are based on resources regularly used in teaching or research, including lecture notes, slides, photographs, printed documents, and manuscripts.
  • Digitizing collections that are already held by the Cornell University Library, which are instrumental in supporting learning, teaching, and research at Cornell. (Final selection of materials will be subject to ability to clear copyright, if required.)
  • Converting materials held by other cultural institutions, and that will support teaching and research at Cornell — especially combining dispersed resources to create new and enriched ones. (Final selection of materials will be subject to ability to clear copyright, if required.)
  • Projects that integrate new research methods, innovative data visualization, and tools that enable novel ways of analysis and interpretation.
  • For examples of projects within the context of the grants program, see the list of awards from previous years.

The emphasis is on building a library of resources to support a range of scholarly activities in the College of Arts and Science and at Cornell in general, rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course. The digital collections created through this grants program will become a part of Cornell University Library's digital library.

Individual project awards will be in the range of $5,000+ in the form of digital collection development services and systems provided by the Library, collaboration planning, and wages or summer stipends for research assistants. Collaborative projects that combine internal and external funding and other special programs are welcome.

For more information or an initial assessment of a project idea, please email dcaps@cornell.edu.

Selection Criteria

The Faculty Grant Program is open to Cornell faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Graduate Student Grant Program is open to Cornell graduate students from a field anchored in the College of Arts and Sciences who have passed their A exam, have a letter of endorsement from their committee chair, and have met with DCAPS staff to discuss their proposal. The Library particularly encourages projects that:

  • Increase the availability, and consequently the use of a collection of demonstrated scholarly significance
  • Identify collections from the Cornell University that are important and should be accessed online by a large community
  • Demonstrate strong interest within the academic community for access to the collection
  • Contribute significantly to the existing digital collections such as the ones included in the Cornell University Library’s digital library.
  • Support the College’s subject strengths

View past Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences awards  

How to Apply

The 2021 grant cycle is now closed. Please check back in the fall for details about the next grant cycle.

After receiving an email expressing interest, DCAPS staff will contact and assist applicants with the full proposal application process — including copyright issues, budgets, and technology options.

The Proposal Review Committee, comprised of members of the Arts & Sciences Visual Resources Advisory Group, will evaluate proposals and make their recommendations.