Research in the College of Fine Arts includes generative creative work, interpretive creative work, and scholarly pursuits that engage open inquiry and debate, develop interdisciplinarity, contribute to social change, and embrace experimentation. The College of Fine Arts is committed to supporting excellence in faculty research through a variety of grant and award programs.
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Mini-Grant Incentive Program
CFA Incentive Seed Grants
Dean's Travel Fund
Creative & Scholarly Research Grants
CFA Faculty Fellow Awards
University & External Funding Information
The Dean's Office will provide up to $500 in research funds to faculty members for attending workshops that provide information on obtaining external funding and for applying to the CFA Incentive Seed Grant Program. Faculty may use these funds for any research activity, and the funds may carry forward into the next academic year.
$100 will be provided for attending two events, $200 will be provided for attending three events, or $500 will be provided for attending three events and submitting an application to the CFA Incentive Seed Grant Program.
This semester (SP17), thanks to the lobbying of Associate Deans of Research from the Colleges of Humanities, Law, Architecture + Planning, and Fine Arts, a special short course in grant writing is being offered to faculty. Ryan Smith, the Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement from the College of Architecture + Planning, will be facilitating the course. If you are currently developing a grant, or are planning to do so soon, you are urged to register for this course, which is structured as a workshop in which members will be sharing drafts of their work and getting peer and instructor feedback. For more information, including a schedule, visit here.
Complete and submit this online form no later than June 1 in order to receive your research funds.
Incentive Seed Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded to stimulate external grant submissions for new or existing creative and/or scholarly research. Seed grants will be awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to applications with high artistic and/or scholarly merit and a significant potential for external funding. The final report for recipients of seed grants will be a submitted external grant proposal.
Applications should be submitted to the Dean's Office by October 17th or February 17th.
Additional information about the CFA Incentive Seed Grants, including eligibility/process descriptions can be found here.
Additional Information on External Funding
Contact the College of Fine Arts Financial Analyst for assistance in identifying potential funding sources as well as locating grant resources on campus.
Additionally, Associate Dean for Research Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell is always available to discuss research ideas and the grant writing process.
The Dean's Travel Fund awards matching grants for tenured and tenure-line faculty, as well as career-line and visiting faculty members (.50 FTE and above), to present their research or teach nationally and internationally. Additionally, for tenured and tenure-line faculty a smaller amount of money is available for service obligations as an elected officer in a professional organization.
The Dean's Travel Fund provides a 2-to-1 match for the Department/School contribution, up to the eligible dollar amount. Faculty members may apply multiple times in one academic year, up to the eligible dollar amount.
The application form (along with a copy of the formal invitation to present/perform or a link to the conference/presenting organization's website listing you as a presenter/performer) should be completed electronically by the faculty member and then forwarded to the Chair/Director for their approval and departmental allocation amount. The Chair/Director will then forward the application and electronic copy of the invitation to present/perform (including the Chair/Director comments and departmental allocation amount) to the Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs, Sarah Projansky.
- Career-line Faculty - Travel Fund Application 2016-17
- Tenure-line Faculty - Travel Fund Application 2016-17
The CFA Creative & Scholarly Research Grant is designed to complement the University Research Committee (URC) Faculty Research & Creative Grant. To be considered for the CFA Grant, faculty members must first apply for the URC Grant. Please notify here in the Dean's Office when submitting a URC application. If the candidate is unsuccessful at the campus level, s/he can submit the same application to the College, in order to be considered for the CFA Grant.
Like the URC Faculty Research & Creative Grants, the College of Fine Arts Creative & Scholarly Research Grants are awarded on a competitive basis in order to stimulate and encourage creative and/or scholarly research in the arts. Tenured and tenure-line faculty members, as well as career-line faculty with at least a .50 FTE appointment, are eligible to apply. Individual and intra/interdisciplinary group submissions are welcomed. Proposals may be awarded up to $6,000.
The mission of the Creative & Scholarly Research Grants is to promote and encourage creative and/or scholarly research in the arts. "Research" is broadly defined and includes, but is not limited to:
- creation of new works of art in any discipline
- interpretation, analysis, history and criticism of an art form
- development of research about and related to pedagogical studies
- development of new art forms or new genres of performances and exhibitions
Additional information about the CFA Creative & Scholarly Research Grants, including eligibility/process descriptions, can be found here.
The College of Fine Arts Research-in-Progress Grant is given on a competitive basis to support and strengthen the creative and/or scholarly research of groups of assistant and/or associate professors as they approach their tenure and/or promotion review.
The mission of the Research-In-Progress Grants is to strengthen the creative and/or scholarly research portfolio of small groups of tenure-line faculty as they approach their promotion review year.
- Group members will make significant progress on research in preparation for the workshop/retreat
- The retreat will create the time and space needed to withdraw from professional and personal responsibilities and to focus solely on research
- The workshop will provide in-depth and rigorous analysis and critique of a body of research being prepared for the RPT promotion file
- Following the workshop/retreat participants will use their colleagues' feedback and suggestions to move their research toward completion
Applications for the December 1st - November 30th funding cycle must be submitted to the candidates' Chair(s)/Director by 5:00 pm on October 3rd and to the Dean's Office by 5:00 pm on October 17th.
Applications for the March 1st - Februray 28th funding cycle must be submitted to the candidates' Chair(s)/Director by 5:00 pm on February 3rd and to the Dean's Office by 5:00 pm on February 17th.
The College of Fine Arts Faculty Fellow Award is designed to complement the University Research Committee (URC) Faculty Fellow Award. To be considered for the CFA award, faculty members must apply for the URC award. In addition, faculty members who apply for the Internal Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities through the Tanner Humanities Center also can be considered for the CFA award. If the candidate is unsuccessful with the URC or Humanities Center, s/he is automatically considered for the CFA Award. If the candidate is successful with the URC or Humanities Center, s/he is not eligible for the CFA award.
Like the URC and Tanner Humanities Center Fellowships, the CFA Faculty Fellow Award is given on a competitive basis to provide a semester of release time on full salary for creative and/or scholarly research pursuits. The College of Fine Arts awards a sum of $7,500 to the department/school to defer the cost of the awardee's release time. Release time can be taken in either the fall or spring semester of the next academic year.
- Deadline to Chair/Director: 10/3
- Deadline to Dean's Office: 10/17
Additional information about the CFA Faculty Fellow Award, including eligibility/process descriptions, can be found here.
The Council of Dee Fellows invites applications for projects that enhance effectiveness in teaching, positively impact departmental or college curricula, or promote innovative interdisciplinary educational programs.
For more information, please visit the Dee Grants website.
For a list of additional funding resources for research & teaching, please download the Grants & Funding Deadlines & Resources List .
For a list of awards for excellence in research, teaching, and service, please download the Award Opportunities List.