Research: Art Works

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 (see Grant Program Description). 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 Final Papers.

This year, Research: Art Works offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Track One: Value and Impact. These research projects 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. Matching grants range from $10,000-$30,000.

    • Projects relying primarily on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods are not eligible under this Track and should apply to Track Two.
  • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These research projects 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. Matching grants range from $30,000-$100,000.

    • This Track is only for projects relying primarily on experimental or quasi-experimental research methods.

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

By providing financial support to deserving projects, this program 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.

If you have questions, please contact the staff at nearesearchgrants@arts.gov