RESEARCH GRANTS IN THE ARTS

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov October 3, 2019
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal October 8-15, 2019
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2020
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance May 1, 2020

To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least September 12, 2019 and submit to Grants.gov by at least September 23, 2019.

Grant applications previously submitted to the Research: Art Works category will now be submitted to the Research Grants in the Arts category.

NOTE: This year (FY 2020), Research Grants in the Arts and NEA Research Labs fall on different deadlines. Next year (FY 2021), Research Grants in the Arts and NEA Research Labs are expected to have the same deadline, estimated to be in March of 2020. Monitor our website, arts.gov, for more information.

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 Grants in the Arts category has invited researchers to propose studies that examine topics related to any area(s) on the agency’s 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 the Research Grants in the Arts Study Findings. In December 2016, the Arts Endowment published a new research agenda covering FY 2017-2021, which included other research questions and topics of interest to the Arts Endowment.

Research Grants in the Arts 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 and including at least one arts-based intervention group and at least one non-arts-based control/comparison group 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 that include at least one arts-based intervention group and at least one non-arts-based control/comparison group. 

By providing financial support to projects, Research Grants in the Arts 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, contact the staff at nearesearchgrants@arts.gov