Part 1 - Submit to 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

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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,, for more information.

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