Arts Research Funding Opportunity

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grant guidelines webinar scheduled for September 3, 2014
Application deadline October 21, 2014

Helping to grow the field of arts research and provide arts practitioners with high-quality, evidence-based resources, the National Endowment for the Arts announces the latest Research: Art Works funding opportunity. This program supports research for projects that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities. To assist potential applicants, the NEA will hold a grant guidelines webinar on September 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET.

To join the September 3 NEA Research: Art Works webinar, please register in advance. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box. An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA's website in the webinar section shortly after the event.

The NEA is interested in value-oriented research that will measure or clarify one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem, as well as impact-oriented research that will investigate the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation on health and well-being, cognitive capacity, learning, creativity, community livability, or economic prosperity. A growing collection of previous NEA funded research papers can be found at

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Primary and/or secondary data analyses;
  • Psychological studies that take place in clinical or non-clinical settings;
  • Third-party evaluations of an arts program's effectiveness and impact;
  • Statistically-driven meta-analyses of existing research so as to provide a fresh understanding of the value and/or impact of the arts;
  • Studies that address economic impact;
  • Translational research that moves scientific evidence toward the development, testing, and standardization of new arts-related programs, practices, models, or tools that can be used easily by other practitioners and researchers.
The NEA anticipates awarding up to 20 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. The deadline for application submission is October 21, 2014 for projects that can begin as early as May 1, 2015. Eligible organizations are U.S-based organizations that are nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3); units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. This may include, but is not limited to, colleges and universities. More NEA Research: Art Works grant application information and guidelines is available. For technical assistance on NEA Research: Art Works grants, contact