Call for Projects

2024 – 2025

The purpose of the GLAM Incubator is to benefit GLAM organizations. The GLAM Incubator is a theory and innovation lab dedicated to prototyping and supporting small-scale projects that focus on the development of cutting-edge programming, service models, interactive experiences, knowledge media, and user interfaces that address a specific challenge or opportunity within the GLAM sector. The themes and contents of the projects supported by the Incubator evolve in keeping with shifting technological developments and in response to the fluctuating needs and concerns of the various professionals, patrons, and funders involved in the cultural industry sectors.

In addition to focusing on a challenge or opportunity within an organization, projects will be “small-scale,” with a well-bounded project design (e.g. a addresses a specific issue or timed opportunity) and short-term (max. 1 year) duration. The Incubator will purchase or assist with the purchase of technological equipment and software required for the project. It will assist with administrative tasks, event facilitation, research expertise, and knowledge mobilization activities. It will help project leads secure external funding to sustain projects after incubation. In exchange, project leads will ensure that a significant proportion of the project activities engage faculty and students in the Faculty of Information. Project teams must participate in an annual showcase and engage their research and results in Incubator-supported knowledge mobilization activities, public or community outreach activities, or publications, where applicable.

The GLAM Incubator has previously supported projects at the Archives of Ontario, Fredericton Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Uxbridge Historical Society, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, and Myseum of Toronto.

Incubator projects will be selected through an application process and adjudicated by the steering committee.


Applications are open to a wide range of GLAM organizations. Applicants must apply on behalf of or work closely with a GLAM organization or network of organizations. Projects must address a challenge or opportunity that benefits a GLAM organization and demonstrates potential impact on a GLAM sector more broadly.

Please submit the following to no later than August 1, 2024:

  • Two-page description of the project;
  • Resume(s) of the lead applicant(s);
  • A list of potential equipment, space, expertise, administrative, and funding needs.

We welcome inquiries from potential applicants.