Digital Project Grants

Paul Mellon Centre’s

Relevent Country: United States of America

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is offering Digital Project Grants to institutions to help support original research which utilises digital media.

The funding programme supports research, educational activities and the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of British art and architectural history, from the medieval period to the present day and across the spectrum of relevant geographical and cultural contexts.

The remit is broadly defined and adapts as the interests of those working in the field change. It encompasses art made in Britain or by British artists, but is not solely limited to art made, or artists from, within the geographical boundaries of the British Isles. Rather they understand the field of British art studies to encompass a broad range of subjects and topics related to the artistic and cultural histories of Britain, past and present.


  • Digital Project Grants are specifically designed to help institutions; galleries or museums support original and innovative research that utilises digital media.
  • They may be used towards the costs of supporting a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project. These projects could take the form of:
  • An online exhibition or curation of a digital project relating to British art or architectural history, or related topic.
  • An online catalogue or database of a collection or archive, or an online catalogue or database of a specific part of a collection or archive.
  • A research project using digital technologies, for example 3-D scanning or modelling, or which might make use of large datasets.

Funding Information

  • Digital Project Grants are offered for up to a maximum of £40,000 to cover the full length of the project.
  • Up to thirty-three percent of the proposed project budget may be allotted to capital costs such as the digitisation of resources, or web development.
  • The award will be paid directly to the institution as a lump sum only.
  • The institution should give details of any financial support already in place or funding expected, or being sought from other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications are open to international as well as UK institutions.
  • They do not offer grants and fellowships in field archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts. Applications in the fields of photography, performance, film and digital media will need to demonstrate their relevance to British art studies.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that any project will include scholarly research within the scope of the work.
  • An institution may apply for a Digital Project Grant to provide replacement staff costs and give temporary cover for a curatorial staff member to work on a digital project.