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NEA Taking Applications for Research: Art Works Grants

Tuesday, August 27, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis announces that grant application guidelines are available for Research: Art Works. This program supports research that investigates the value of the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

The NEA encourages applications from diverse research fields (e.g., sociology, economics, anthropology, psychology, medicine and health, education, communications, and urban and regional planning) in addition to projects that address a diverse array of topics concerning the value and/or impact of the arts. Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. This may include, but is not limited to, colleges and universities.

The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 5, 2013 and projects can begin as early as May 1, 2014.

This year, there have been several major changes to the Research: Art Works grant program:

  • Priority is given to applications that present theory-driven research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts.
  • The 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and the 2012 General Social Survey's Arts Supplement are cited as secondary data sources of special interest to the NEA.
  • Primary data collection is now an eligible activity type. Those projects may be of three years in duration. Other projects now may be of two years in duration.
  • New sections of the guidelines address the responsible conduct of research, and data management and sharing. There is a corresponding review criterion about applicants’ data management plans.
  • Grants require a match and indirect costs are allowed.

The NEA will hold an informational webinar for potential applicants on Sept. 18, 2013. More information is forthcoming.

For grant application information and guidelines, please go to

To see project descriptions of the grants awarded in previous years of Research: Art Works, click here <>.

To see samples of previous successful applications, please click here<>, and choose "Sample Application Narratives – Research."

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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