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Grants & Special Projects

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation benefits from external funding for research, digitization, pedagogy, and other projects that highlight our rich cultural heritage and support GW’s research, teaching, and learning mission. Staff and librarians also conduct special projects to develop and curate areas of particular research interest, such as the history of the university, international collections, and social media data. A selection of recent grant-funded and special projects is below.

Active Projects

Concluded Projects

Project Descriptions

Social Feed Manager

Social Feed Manager (SFM) was funded by a three-year National Historical Publications and Records (NHPRC) Innovation grant. Under this grant, we released a new version of SFM that allows students and researchers to directly develop their own social media collections. Our current grant also supported sharing recommendations around collection development and metadata for social media collections and archives. More information about the project.

SFM was initially funded by an IMLS Sparks! Innovation Grant that supported the development of the first version of Social Feed Manager.

Strategic Digital Learning Initiatives (SDLI) Faculty Development Initiative

The upcoming SDLI faculty development initiative is a joint effort with GW Physics and Adobe to infuse the Adobe Creative Cloud tools into GW courses and research across the computational, natural and engineering sciences at GW. The purpose of this initiative is to elevate scientific discovery and dissemination through developing faculty and empowering students with the technical know-how and the design thinking mindset to apply and take full advantage of the Adobe Creative Cloud. This creative initiative in science is guided by a vision of unleashing students’ creativity and communications with Adobe professional tools through innovative science projects.

Open to Interpretation: Unveiling the Corcoran Archives

In 2018, The George Washington University was awarded a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a year-long project to process the entire Corcoran Archives and create free digital access to significant sections of the archives. Beginning in September 2018, a dedicated project archivist and two current Corcoran graduate students conducted historical research on the Corcoran; created detailed, online descriptive guides; and prepared key sections of the collection for mass digitization. The digital files, including exhibition catalogs, publications, photographs, curatorial files, and more, are openly available online to interested researchers around the world.  We are grateful to the Luce Foundation for its generous support!