Now Open: 8th Grant Cycle for the NSF Archaeometry and Archaeology Program

09/02/2021 1:28 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

From the SPARC team:

We are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 application season for the SPARC (SPatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations) Program. SPARC is an NSF-funded Archaeology and Archaeometry program dedicated to promoting geospatial research in archaeology, hosted by the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas and Dartmouth College.

Now in its 8th year, SPARC offers direct support to archaeological projects through awards in three categories: Fieldwork (on-site data collection), Data & Analytics (preparation, processing, and analysis of geospatial data), and Publication (presentation, publication, and archiving of complex geospatial datasets). New to 2021-2022 are funded, short-term residencies at either CAST and Dartmouth for visiting scholars to undergo face-to-face research collaborations, utilize or train on equipment and facilities, or develop publications.

We are particularly interested in proposals that overlap with our current analytical development priorities:

  • historic and satellite imagery analysis
  • sUAS (drone) sensors
  • microCT applications for archaeology
  • data analytics
  • digital data management
  • visualization and archiving of complex spatial datasets

Please visit the SPARC homepage to learn more.

We encourage applications from scholars underrepresented within the field of archaeology, early-career scholars, and those working in the public sector or at public institutions. Late-stage PhD students are eligible for SPARC submissions. The Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic, but projects should have an anthropologically relevant focus and qualify for NSF archaeology funding. The project must be affiliated with an institution and/or organization that would otherwise be eligible for NSF support, which is typically US-based.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Pre-application consultations are required before submission. Please visit our website at for more information about the Program and the application process.

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