Program overview and documentation


We are currently accepting proposals for 2021 Sponsored Projects. Please review the Call for Proposals and apply by November 6, 2020.

We offer grants at three levels, designed to address projects at different levels of development. The first level, designed to help projects at the seed stage of development, will offer funding up to $3500. The second, designed to develop projects that have already made demonstrable progress, will offer funding up to $6500. The third tier, designed to foster projects at a planning stage, will offer funding up to $1000, and focus primarily on producing a polished application for federal or external grants.

We are looking for teams or individuals, experts and novices alike, who have a project that they would like to develop. This can either be a project that is already underway or one not yet begun. While prior knowledge of digital tools and techniques is welcome, it is not required. We work with project teams to help them organize their information, analyze it, and produce compelling results.

We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. We can help craft your proposal and, if your project is accepted, will find training for team members who need it. Accepted teams work with Libraries staff to build their projects into working prototypes. We especially encourage applications that engage the public in current social equality and justice themes and are composed of team members that advance these movements. Additionally, proposals that integrate or analyze UH Libraries’ Special Collections will receive special consideration. We are committed to the principles of open access and require sponsored project teams to deposit all eligible components of their funded work to the UH Libraries’ open repositories for attributed use and reuse by the global research community.

Please contact us anytime with questions about the Sponsored Projects program.  

Program documentation

Below you can find some samples of the documentation that we use to guide our project workflows. Please be advised that these documents are provided for informational purposes only; for up-to-date documentation please contact the DRC.
  1. Sample call for project proposals
  2. Sample project proposal
  3. Sample project charter template
  4. Sample terms and conditions
Below are two assessment forms that we currently use to gauge the effectiveness of our own work with projects:
  1. Internal assessment (project year-end)
  2. External assessment (one to three years after project completion)