The National Endowment for the Arts invites applicants to engage with the agency’s five-year research agenda through two funding opportunities for research projects:

  • Research Grants in the Arts funds 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. Matching/cost share grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be awarded.
  • NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Matching/cost share cooperative agreements of up to $150,000 will be awarded.

Research Grants in the Arts offers grants, and NEA Research Labs offers cooperative agreements. The difference between grants and cooperative agreements is the Arts Endowment’s involvement. The Arts Endowment is substantially involved with cooperative agreements. Therefore, the Arts Endowment will be substantially involved in the direction and accomplishments of NEA Research Labs.

NOTICE: The Research Awards application deadline has been extended to help applicants dealing with the effects of COVID-19.

These are the new dates:

Part 1 - Submit to April 13, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Part 1 deadline has been extended.

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal April 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, to April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Part 2 dates to submit materials have been changed.

Earliest Announcement of Award or Rejection November 2020
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance Research Grants in the Arts:
January 1, 2021

NEA Research Labs:
March 1, 2021

If you have questions about your application please contact