Published: June 5, 2017

Internal Expression of Interest due 6/9: 
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research Labs

The Research & Innovation Office announces a limited submission call for interest for the National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs. Please share with faculty within your department or unit.

An expression of interest, which is a simple statement via email indicating your interest in applying to a specific program, should be sent to Ryan Reeves at by the posted deadline.

If there are multiple expressions of interest, an internal campus competition may be held with instructions for internal proposals to be sent out at a later time. Questions should be sent to Ryan Reeves at

Note: This program requires matching of at least 1 to 1. Matching funds cannot include funds from any other National Endowment for the Arts or federal sources.

Program Summary

In recent years, the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) research agenda has focused on yielding new knowledge about the value and impact of the arts. Through the NEA Research Labs, we seek to extend this agenda and its impact by cultivating a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insight about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike.

Each NEA Research Lab will define its own research agenda, conduct a research progran to implement that agenda, and prepare reports that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of three areas of special interest to the NEA:

  1. The Arts, Health and Social/Emotional Well-Being
    • Therapeutic Approaches and Benefits
    • Non-Therapeutic Approaches and Benefits
  2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition and Learning
  3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Please review the full notice for more detailed program information.


  • Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 1:00pm MST June 9, 2017
  • NEA Deadline: 9:59pm MST July 18, 2017


The official applicant must be 1) a U.S. institution of higher education, or 2) a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organization with their core components having research and policy as a principal focus, either as the primary work or as part of a transdisciplinary mission. This nonprofit organization also must have a three-year history of commissioning and conducting research in the behavioral or social sciences, and communicating research findings and policy implications through reports and/or convenings, at the time of application.

The official applicant must meet the eligibility requirements, submit the application, and assume full responsibility for the grant.

To be eligible, the applicant organization must:

  • Meet the NEA's Legal Requirements at the time of application
  • Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all NEA award(s) previously received

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • Organizations that served as the official applicant for any previous NEA Research Labs award.
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is to channel resources (financial, human or other) to an affiliated organization if the affiliated organization also submits its own application. This prohibition applies even if each organization has its own 501(c)(3) status. For example, the "Friends of ABC Organization" may not apply if the ABC Organization applies.
  • Organizations whose partnership organizations (see “Required Partnership” section in full notice) are listed on more than one application for this solicitation. For example, two different organizations may not both apply listing the same nonprofit arts partner. This prohibition applies, as listed in the paragraph above, to organizations whose primary purpose is to channel resources to an affiliated organization if the affiliated organization is also a partner on another application.

You may apply to other NEA funding opportunities, including Art Works and Research: Art Works, in addition to this program solicitation. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project.

Please review the full notice for more detailed eligibility information.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may submit only one proposal under this program solicitation.

Award Information

The National Endowment for the Arts may enter into up to four subsequent awards with the recipient of this Cooperative Agreement for a project consistent with the intent of this program solicitation. Any such future Cooperative Agreements, however, would be subject to agency priorities, the availability of funds, Cooperator performance, and the agency’s regular review process.

Contingent upon the agency’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, the National Endowment for the Arts expects to award Cooperative Agreements of up to $150,000 to each NEA Research Lab. This Cooperative Agreement requires a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1 to 1. Matching funds cannot include funds from any National Endowment for the Arts or other federal sources.


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