Research & Development

Research & Development (R&D) grants support the BAI’s emphasis on innovation. Awards are made to support exploration and experimentation in creative research and scholarship that may or may not include a presentation component.

Any permanent faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, or lecturer)^ or professional staff member of Brown University whose assigned responsibilities include promoting ideas through the arts is eligible to apply for this grant. (If you encounter difficulty accessing the application, please call our office at 401-863-1934 for assistance.)

     ^ Brown adjunct faculty, post-doctoral fellows and MFA or PhD students with teaching responsibilities are eligible to apply. However, you must be teaching at Brown for two semesters following the grants application period. In other words, if you apply in Spring 2018, you must be under contract to teach at Brown through the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

     * Brown professional staff who are responsible for developing, producing and presenting curricular and co-curricular arts programming are eligible to apply. This includes gallery directors and curators, theater directors and the like.

Grant recipients who have received three consecutive years of funding 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 and an external specialist. 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. Application requirements include:

  • A description of the project for which funds are requested
  • A list of current and potential funders
  •  A project budget (submitted using the provided budget template
  • A proposed timeline

Application Deadline and Award Notification
The FY2020 funding cycle opens Jan 27, 2020 and closes Mar 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm, with award notifications made in mid-April 2020. For FY20 awards, funds musts be used by May 15, 2021. 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, 2021.

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.   

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