May 21, 2022

Fourth “Digging into Data Challenge” Launches With Expanded International Opportunities and Funding

From the Institute For Museum and Library Services:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and 15 national funding agencies from 11 countries on three continents announced the fourth round of the Digging into Data Challenge.

did_logoSince 2009, the Digging into Data grant competition has provided nearly $12 million in funding for international research projects that use “big data” sources and methodologies to address questions in the social sciences and humanities.

Projects must address a research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights. Research partners will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.

This year’s competition is presented under the auspices of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), a consortium of sixteen international funders of social sciences and humanities research from Europe, South America, and North America. U.S. funding agencies are IMLS, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. With new funders from Europe and, for the first time, South America, research teams will have opportunities for more diverse collaborations and subjects of inquiry.


The Digging into Data funding opportunity is open to international projects that consist of teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic.

The deadline for final applications is June 29, 2016.

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