Research: Art Works

Deadlines have been extended due to Hurricane Harvey:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to October 17, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (new deadline)
Step 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal October 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, to October 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (new)
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance May 1, 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

In past years, the Research: Art Works category has invited researchers to propose studies that examine topics related to any area(s) on the How Art Works system map. These projects have used quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approaches, and have relied on primary and/or secondary data for analysis. Examples of previously funded research can be found via the "Grant Search" engine or by viewing Research: Art Works Grants Study Findings. In December 2016, moreover, the NEA published a new research agenda covering FY 2017-2021, which included other research questions and topics of interest to the Arts Endowment.

Research: Art Works offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Track One: Value and Impact. These are matching grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000 for research projects that aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. Projects relying primarily on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods should apply to Track Two.
  • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These are matching grants ranging from $30,000-$100,000 for research projects that aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. This Track is only for projects relying primarily on experimental or quasi-experimental research methods. Projects that do not use experimental or quasi-experimental research methods will considered ineligible if submitted under this track.

NOTE: Applications will not be transferred from one Track to the other after the deadline.

By providing financial support to deserving projects, Research: Art Works will spur growth in the number of people —across diverse fields of inquiry— who are experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research. This program also seeks to heighten the relevance and significance of arts-related research to policy and practice.

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