Brown Arts Initiative

Proposals are submitted online via UFunds. The spring 2021 funding cycle opens Jan 25 and closes Feb 19 at 5pm.

Research & Development

Research & Development (R&D) grants support the BAI’s emphasis on innovation.

COVID-19 Update: We hope to be able to offer the Research & Development grant during Spring 2021. We are monitoring the guidelines and will make a final decision in early-January based on the policies set forth by the State of Rhode Island and Brown University. 

Research & Development awards are made to support exploration and experimentation in creative research and scholarship that may or may not include a presentation component.


Applications are considered annually from any permanent faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, or lecturer) of Brown University whose assigned responsibilities include promoting ideas through the arts. Brown adjunct professors, post doctoral fellows and MFA or PhD students with teaching responsibilities are also eligible to apply, however, you must be teaching at Brown for the semester in which you apply and the semester in which your event is taking place. 

Grant recipients who have received funding during last academic year (spring 2020) must take a hiatus of one year before applying for additional support. 

Amount and Duration of Award

Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded for an academic year period. 

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a Grants Committee that includes Brown arts faculty and staff members. Awards will be made based on the following:

  • Intrinsic merit of the work
  • Evidence of innovation and experimentation
  • Integration with BAI philosophy and priorities
  • Provision of a well considered and reasonable budget
  • A feasible time frame for completion

Proposals that support BAI thematic programming of REMAKING the real or involve interdisciplinary collaborators are encouraged.

Award Conditions

Award funds may be applied to reasonable and necessary costs of conducting research and scholarship. These expenses may include: the hiring of a research assistant and/or the purchase of material, equipment and supplies, and reimbursements for travel and office expenditures. Any expenses incurred must adhere to Brown’s contract labor, purchasing and travel guidelines. Funds are available after July 1.

Timeline and Procedure for Submitting Proposals

All applicants who plan to submit proposals must begin the application process by meeting with their department managers to review their proposed projects and budgets. This conversation is essential for departmental finances, scheduling and allotment of space.  Please allow adequate time for this initial step. 

Proposals are submitted electronically via UFunds. A completed application includes a project budget (submitted using the provided budget template). If you encounter difficulty accessing the application, please contact Katie Vincelette at [email protected] for assistance. 

Application Deadline and Award Notification

The FY2021 funding cycle opens Jan 25, 2021 and closes Feb 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm, with award notifications made in mid-Mar 2021. For FY21 awards, funds musts be used by May 15, 2022. Requests for a one-time extension will be reviewed on an individual basis and must be made in writing to the BAI no later than May 1, 2022.

Reporting Requirements

Within 30 days of the conclusion of the award period, grant recipients must complete the required final report form, which asks grant recipients to describe the work accomplished and reflect on both successful outcomes and challenges. In addition, final reports must include photo, video or other documentation for BAI promotional purposes and inclusion in the BAI archive. Provided images must conform to Brown’s Image Use Policy.