Application Calendar for the FY 2025 Cycle*

Part 1 - Submit to

March 25, 2024, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens

Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal

March 28-April 4, 2024, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection

November 2024

Earliest Start Date for Proposed Project

January 1, 2025

*We plan to use these same guidelines for the next two funding cycles, to coincide with the NEA’s FY 2022-2026 Research Agenda. Deadlines for FYs 2026 will be posted in January 2025. Please monitor our website for updates.

While Research Labs awards will not be offered in 2024 (FY25), we are assessing its parameters for possible reintroduction in 2025 (FY26).

Before applying, you must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with, the System for Award Management (SAM) at and Registering and maintaining these accounts is always FREE. See How to Apply for more information.

Registration for,, and cancan take several weeks. Give yourself plenty of time to get registered. Similarly, submit your application to well in advance of the deadline in case you encounter any difficulties.

Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Exceptions to the he Research Grants in the Arts application deadline will be considered only for registration or renewal issues or technical malfunctions that are the result of failures on the part of,,, or NEA systems, as determined by the NEA. To be considered for this exception, you must provide documentation of a,,, or NEA systems failure that prevented your submission by the deadline. 

In the event of an emergency (e.g., a hurricane or a,,, or NEA systems technological failure), the NEA Chair may adjust application deadlines for affected applicants. If a deadline is extended for any reason, an announcement will be posted on our website.

Please do not seek information on the status of your application before the announcement date listed above.



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