Smithsonian 2.0 Fund

In light of the success of Smithsonian 2.0 conference and subsequent debates and discussions, the Smithsonian 2.0 Fund was created to encourage Smithsonian staff to advance the Institution’s work in the use of digital technology and new media. Internal grants of up to $30,000 are intended to provide seed money for pilot projects that have the prospect of reaching larger, broader audiences and achieving longer term sustainability. These funds are provided from annual gifts of the Smithsonian National Board to the Secretary to use at his discretion.

Proposals are considered on a “rolling” basis by a committee representing the Under Secretaries and Chief Information Officer. Funds are awarded to support projects based upon need, justification and resources available.

Smithsonian 2.0 Fund Application
** Only Smithsonion staff may submit Smithsonian 2.0 Fund Applications.

Smithsonian 2.0 Fund Sample Proposal

Funded Proposals 2009

Design for the Other 90% 2.0 Website
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
$30,000

Motion-sensitive Camera Trap Images and Data
National Zoological Park, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
$30,000

Create A Route 2.0, a Microsoft Surface Application
National Postal Museum
$30,000

Alternate Reality Game, PHEON
Smithsonian American Art Museum
$30,000

Virtual Watershed
Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Office of Policy & Analysis, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
$30,000

Alternate Reality Game, PHEON
Smithsonian American Art Museum
$30,000

Funded Proposals 2010

Go Tell It on the Mountain: Building a Smithsonian 2.0 Hub on the Civil Rights Movement Using Open Source Platforms
National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Archives of American Art, National Portrait Gallery and Office of the Chief Information Officer
$30,000

Osteoware Educational Website
National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology
$30,000

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