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CLIR Recordings At Risk

Slots:                                                    Applicants institutions may submit only one application per cycle.

Internal Deadline:                            Friday, October 16, 2020, noon PT

External Deadline:                           Jan. 29, 2021

Award Information:                         Type: Grant

Anticipated Amount:     Applicants may request as little as $10,000 or as much as $50,000 per project.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV of prospective Chair candidate – (5 pages maximum)

Who May Serve as PI:    Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit academic, research, or cultural heritage institutions.



Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since January 2017, the program will run nine competitions from January 2017 to April 2021 and will award a total of $4.5 million. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Eligible media may include, but are not necessarily limited to, magnetic audio and video tape, grooved discs, wax cylinders, wire recordings, and film (with or without sound). Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on eligible projects.

Recordings at Risk encourages professionals who may be constrained by limited resources and/or technical expertise to take action against the threats of degradation and obsolescence. The program aims to help institutions identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices.

Recordings at Risk occasionally sends announcements and news about this program and the Digitizing Hidden Collections program by email. To be added to our distribution list, use the online subscription request form. On Twitter, you can find the program @CLIRRaR. We welcome your feedback and/or ideas about ways to improve CLIR’s grant programs which may be submitted through our online grants feedback form.

Budgetary Requirements: The grant may fund up to 100% of the direct costs of audio or audiovisual digital reformatting services to be provided by an external service provider.

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