Assistance with Grant-Funded Research

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The services of the UNT Libraries that can be included in a grant application as documented cost share or, in certain cases, direct costs in grants.

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Scholars across disciplines use resources provided by the UNT Libraries in the course of their research, including that research that is funded through grants. These resources range from collections made available through the Libraries (including access to online journals through licenses paid for by the Libraries) to digital expertise and infrastructure allowing researchers to easily organize, share, and preserve the products of their research.

The services of the UNT Libraries that can be included in a grant application as documented cost share or, in certain cases, direct costs in grants. We encourage grant applicants to consult with the appropriate Libraries staff to verify the support that the UNT Libraries could offer in any grant-funded activity.



UNT Libraries is a partner of the Funding Information Network, through which we have access to the Foundation Center Grant Funding Databases that can be used to research charitable foundations. UNT Libraries also provides access to Pivot, a database of grant opportunities. See grantseeking resources to learn more about these and other resources from the Libraries.

Data management: stewardship and preservation of data

Funding agencies increasingly require that grant applications include plans for stewardship and preservation of data produced during the course of the grant project. The UNT Libraries provides guidance on writing data management plans, which, if desired, can include a commitment to preserve the data or other documents in the UNT Data Repository or other part of the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections.

See our information on data management for more information. Researchers affiliated with the College of Science should first contact the appropriate college research officer.


The UNT Libraries’ Scholarly Impact Service helps researchers locate h-indexes, citation counts, and other bibliometrics they may need for grant applications. Available options for assistance are individual consultations and a self-service guide.


Librarians serving on grant research teams

Librarians can serve on grant research teams, performing roles such as:

  • Collaborating on literature reviews and other research

  • Consulting on data management, database design, controlled vocabularies, and stable identifiers such as DOIs, ISBNs, ISSNs, and ORCIDs

Direct cost of a portion of a librarian salary. Please contact the appropriate subject librarian to discuss.

Purchase of print or electronic resources for the UNT Libraries collection

Direct cost depending on the cost of the resources. Contact Collection Development Department to discuss.

Co-sponsoring of outreach events

When a grant project includes community outreach or relates to the collections of the Libraries, the UNT Libraries can co-sponsor events, hosting them in rooms of various sizes in library facilities and assisting with marketing and publicity. Please contact the appropriate subject librarian to discuss the scope of activity and to determine appropriate direct costs.

Scanning and other digitization for public access and preservation through the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections

The Libraries can digitize physical documents and make them available to the public through the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections. All digital objects and metadata associated with digital documents and datasets are subject to the Libraries’ best practices for digital preservation and the Collection Development Policy for the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections. Contact the following to discuss direct costs for digitization:

Material Type Contact
Pages of text, photograph prints, negatives, slides, and other images

Digital Projects Lab

Newspapers, posters, and other large-format documents

Digital Newspaper Unit

Moving images (film and video)

Media Library


Music Library

In addition, contact Mark Phillips to discuss direct costs for storage and access as well as other digital library infrastructure questions.

Building web or social-media archives (datasets of webpages or posts for study)

The Libraries can crawl the Web to collect news stories, social media posts, or other webpages related to certain topics, gathering the data for study by researchers. (For example, see a “Yes All Women” Twitter Dataset.) Contact Mark Phillips to discuss the scope of the collecting and any associated direct costs that might apply.


Public access and preservation of products of grant projects

The Libraries can provide public access to white papers, technical reports, datasets, and other documents produced during a grant project through the UNT Data Repository or UNT Scholarly Works. If access restrictions are needed, we can restrict access to members of the UNT community only. No cost for projects with small files (less than 200GB in total project size); otherwise, one-time direct cost of $500 per terabyte.

We encourage project teams to include title pages with clear statements of responsibility and date of last revision on all documents and to include page numbers for ease of citation by other researchers.

Publication of grant products

The UNT Press publishes books on certain topics, arranging for external peer review before publication. In addition, the Libraries offers Aquiline Books for any work of scholarship from the UNT community. Contact either publishing service to discuss options and potential direct costs.