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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Number: 15.923
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.923 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Federal Agency (030):
National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1992, Public Law 102-575, Section 405, 16 U.S.C. 470x.
Objectives (050):
To develop and distribute preservation technologies and conservation skills for the identification, evaluation, conservation, and interpretation of prehistoric and historic resources; to develop and facilitate training for Federal, State and local resource preservation professionals, cultural resource managers, maintenance personnel, and others working in the preservation field; to apply preservation technology benefits from ongoing research by other agencies and institutions; to facilitate the transfer of preservation technology among Federal agencies, State and local governments, universities, international organizations, the private sector; and to cooperate with related international organizations for the benefit of cultural resource conservation in the United States and worldwide.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Support work in archeology, historic architecture, historic landscapes, objects and materials conservation through cooperative agreements and the Preservation Technology and Training Grants program. The PTT Grants program funds innovative projects that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources are considered for funding. Projects may include, but are not limited to: laboratory or field research that explores or assesses novel or adaptive methods; training activities, including workshops, and course or curriculum development that promote the use of new adaptive technologies; documentation using new methods; manuscript, website or social media development that disseminates innovative preservation technologies; and meetings that convene experts to discuss the use of technologies to address preservation problems. NCPTT does not fund "bricks and mortar" projects or straight-forward documentation projects using well-established methods. Ineligible projects include those whose principal focus is the treatment of a specific site, structure, object or collection; proposals exclusively for undergraduate internships or graduate fellowships; projects that are underway prior to the grant award date; projects that duplicate proposals previously submitted; or proposals for conferences for which equivalent results can be obtained at regular meetings of professional societies. Detailed use and use restrictions are specified in the applicable Request for Proposals. Contact the headquarters office for more specific information. Contact the headquarters office for more specific information.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Eligible applicants include: U.S. universities and two and four year colleges; U.S. private nonprofit institution/organizations and quasi-public nonprofit institution/organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activity; Federal, State, local government agencies, Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments and their Tribal Historic Preservation Offices; For-profit organizations and private individuals may submit proposals only in partnership with an eligible U.S. organization.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Individuals and organizations working to advance the use of science and technology in preservation including the fields of archeology, historic architecture, historic landscapes, objects and materials conservation.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded to eligible organizations who demonstrate institutional capability and commitment to the Center's mission to preserve historic and prehistoric resources; and who evidence the capacity to perform the proposed work successfully. Proof of nonprofit status is required of nonprofit organizations and institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
"This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.". Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. A Call for Proposals is published annually that includes guidelines for preparing proposals within each project type. The information is available upon request via mail, e-mail (, or our website Only materials described under proposal requirements for each project type within the annual Call for Proposals will be considered. Standard application forms, as furnished by the National Park Service must be completed.
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are evaluated by NCPTT staff, peer reviewers, and a designated National Park Service grants administrator according to selection criteria stated in the Guidelines for Preparing PTT Grants Proposals. Reviews determine the feasibility of the proposed project, and consistency with National Park Service financial and policy requirements concerning the project's scope and purpose. Final award is by the Director of the National Park Service.
Deadlines (094):
Sep 01, 2013 to Oct 15, 2013: Grant applications are accepted between September 1 and October 15. Grant applications are accepted between September 1 and October 15.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 180 days.
Appeals (096):
Applicants may reapply if a revised application is submitted in the subsequent competition.
Renewals (097):
Renewal may be requested through a new, competing application. Extensions of time may be requested subject to acceptable work progress and reasons for the delay.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: PTT Grants must be matched dollar for dollar. Eligible match may be in-kind, federal or nonfederal cash.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The Treasury Check method of payment is used for advances or reimbursement. A SF 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement, must be submitted for each payment requested. Requests for reimbursement or advanced funds may be requested monthly in amounts greater than $500. Expenses charged to the grant or cooperative agreement may not be incurred prior to the beginning date specified in the agreement or subsequent or the grant end date, and incurred only to carry out the approved objectives, scope of work, and budget. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Award amounts are subject to availability of funds. In accordance with Title IV, Public Law 102-575, Section 405(b): (1) Grants shall be allocated in such a fashion to reflect the diversity of the historic preservation fields and shall be geographically distributed. (2) No recipient may receive more than 10 percent of the awards allocated within any year. (3) Total administrative costs, direct and indirect, charged for carrying out these grants may not exceed 25 percent of aggregate costs. Matching share is not required by law, but is an administrative requirement imposed by NPS.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. An interim progress report and a final report are required. If an advance payment is requested, an SF 272, Federal Cash Transactions Report, must be submitted demonstrating that advanced funds have been promptly expended. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
For programs under OMB Circular No. A-133, financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any audit is started before the 3-year period ends, the records shall be retained until all issues have been resolved and final action taken. For programs under the purview of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," records must be retained at least 3 years; and must be retained beyond 3 years if audit findings are not resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $719,786; FY 14 est $748,600; and FY 15 est $748,600
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range $4,085 to $363,831
Average $47,986

(Grants are awarded competitively with a maximum award of $25,000 (including indirect costs). All grants require a one-on-one match of cash or in-kind services. Source of the match may be federal or non-federal resources. Grants are funded by annual federal appropriation and are subject to availability of funds.).
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Award of 8 grants that advance science and technology for historic preservation. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Application requirements for PTT Grants Proposals are available online at The "Common Rule" adopting relevant OMB Circulars governing grants and cooperative agreements implemented by the Department of the Interior is published at 43 CFR Part 12.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Direct inquiries to PTTGrants, NCPTT, 645 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Telephone: (318) 356-7444; Fax: (318) 356-9119; E-mail: Mary Striegel, Chief, Materials Research.
Headquarters Office (152):
Mary Striegel PTTGrants, NCPTT, 645 University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457 Email: Phone: (318) 356-7444 Fax: (318) 356-9119.
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: 1) Asian Law Caucus $20,000
Asian Pacific Islander Historic Sites map

2) Harvard College $25,000
Application of Biotechnology Technique for Accurate identification of Regional Localization of Mammalian Materials in Native American Cultural Heritage

3) Philadelphia University $25,000
Energy modeling of historic Building, Improving Simulation and Verification

4) State University of New York $25,000
Preserving Timber Framing Structures with Non-destructive Evaluation of
Critical Joinery

5) NPS, Southeast Archeological Conservation Center $25,000
Cone and Friction Cone Penetrometer Applications to Archeological Organic
Midden Deposits

6) University of Colorado Denver $25,000
Genetic Sequencing in the Bacterial Analysis of Mercury Treated Collections

7) University of Delaware $8,000
Simple Rapid Corrosion Tests with Quantitative Image Analysis for
Materials Preservation

8) University of Oregon $25,000
A preliminary Manual of policy and Management Responses to Climate change
impacts on Cultural Landscapes. Fiscal Year 2014: No Curent Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The successful proposed project should thoroughly: address an identifiable national need in preservation technology, present innovative technologies, demonstrate a technically sound methodology, have a principal investigator well qualified to conduct the proposed work, disseminate project results effectively, be cost effective given the scope of work and the audience, provide a one-to-one match of funding with cash or in-kind services, and result in tangible grant products that disseminate information beyond traditional ways (e.g. online web based training, webinars, podcasts, videos, DVDs, electronic publishing, etc). NCPTT reviews proposals for disciplinary, geographical and institutional distribution; and for financial and policy matters. Special consideration will be given to proposals that leverage resources through public and private partnerships.