Note: Applicants should discuss matching funds with their respective department chair and associate dean before applying to CU Boulder’s internal competition.

NEA Research: Art Works Solicitation

Program Summary 

The NEA is interested in research seeking to identify and to examine:

  • Factors that enhance or inhibit Arts Participation or Arts/Cultural Assets;
  • Detailed characteristics of Arts Participation or Arts Cultural/Assets, and their interrelationships;
  • Individual-level outcomes of Arts Participation, including those corresponding with the following domains:
    • social and emotional well-being
    • creativity, cognition, and learning
    • physiological processes of health and healing; and
  • Societal or community-level outcomes, including those corresponding with the following domains:
    • civic and corporate innovation
    • attraction for neighborhoods and businesses
    • national and/or state-level economic growth

Both the 2012 How Art Works report and the 2017-2021 research agenda offer guidance on the types of study questions and topics that continue to appeal to the NEA’s long-term research goals. Projects may include, but are not limited to, primary and/or secondary data analyses; economic impact studies; organizational research; psychological and physical health-related or therapeutic studies that take place in clinical or non-clinical settings; education studies in a variety of contexts (e.g., classrooms, informal venues, distance learning, or home-school environments); third-party evaluations of an arts program's effectiveness and impact; and statistically-driven meta-analyses of existing research so as to provide a fresh understanding of the value and/or impact of the arts. We also are interested in translational research that moves scientific evidence toward the development, testing, and standardization of new arts-related programs, practices, models, or tools that can be used easily by other practitioners and researchers. We will not fund projects that focus exclusively on data acquisition. We are committed to supporting research teams that demonstrate interdisciplinary partnerships between arts practitioners and researchers/evaluators. Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to include project teams of arts practitioners and researchers/evaluators.

Track One: Value and Impact (see program solicitation for additional information)

Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs (see program solicitation for additional information)

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 6, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline (SF-424): October 9, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline (Application): October 19, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Short Project Summary (1/2 page preferred; 1 full page maximum)

Please note that Research & Innovation Office (RIO) will request a short project summary from each applicant only to ensure that all projects are distinctly different from one another in order to meet NEA’s requirement outlined in the program solicitation.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6242

Eligibility

An application in response to this announcement does not preclude an organization from applying under other National Endowment for the Arts funding opportunities including Art Works and Research Labs. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may submit more than one application under these Research: Art Works guidelines. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project.

RIO will request a short project summary from each applicant to ensure that all projects are distinctly different from one another.

Award Information and Duration

Track One: Value and Impact

  • Number of Awards: 5-10
  • Award Amount: $10,000 - $30,000. Award amounts will be based on the level of excellence and merit demonstrated in the proposal, as outlined in the Review Criteria.
  • Award Term: Grants are generally up to two years. Projects that include primary data collection may request up to three years.

Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs

  • Number of Awards: Up to 5.
  • Award Amount: $30,000 - $100,000. Award amounts will be based on the level of excellence and merit demonstrated in the proposal, as outlined in the Review Criteria.
  • Award Term: Grants are generally up to two years. Projects that include primary data collection may request up to three years.

Note: Our grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, and can include federally-negotiated indirect costs. REQUIREMENT: Applicants should discuss matching funds with their respective department chair and associate dean before applying to CU Boulder’s internal competition.