Arts Integrative Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Grant

Arts Integrative Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Grants support faculty research projects that integrate the arts and design with other disciplines, especially those in engineering and the sciences:

  • To produce new knowledge;
  • As part of a process of systematic questioning and inquiry;
  • As part of creative activity and scholarship;
  • As a mode of creative activity and scholarship;
  • In the exploration and discovery of processes, information, applications, ideas or performances; and
  • In the investigation of a subject area, as part of experimentation, and making.

Individual grants of up to $3,000 are available, and can support existing research efforts as well as new areas of inquiry.


Faculty are eligible to apply if they are instructional or research faculty at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  

Selection Criteria 

Criteria for funding a research project include (but are not limited to):

  • It is interdisciplinary in its scope, with art or design as a central tenet.
  • It is relevant to and significant for advancing disciplinary practices, perceptions or capabilities in the domains represented in the proposal.
  • It demonstrates a clear and coherent rationale for conducting the research.
  • It is connected to a line of inquiry that builds on what others have done previously.
  • It articulates potential impacts beyond the specific domains and communities directly involved in the research.
  • The applicant has the necessary skills and qualifications to execute the project, or has a plan to consult or work with others with the skills and qualifications needed.
  • The submitted budget reflects the necessary resources for what is needed for the activities proposed.

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Faculty applicants from the 4 North Campus Schools and colleges (College of Engineering; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning; School of Music, Theatre & Dance), and School of Information.
  • Projects that include a multi-disciplinary team approach (roles, responsibilities, collaboration strategies, timing of contributions)


Allowable expenses for this research grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Transcriptions
  • Subject fees
  • Programming or research assistance
  • Project presentation conference fees
  • Supplies
  • Room and Equipment Rentals
  • Performer/ Honoraria stipends (exclusive of researcher)
  • Specialized software or equipment
  • Printing and Fabrication
  • Food/Catering
  • New, additional or extending work on existing research
  • Travel specifically associated with the research

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Research/travel expenses not directly related to this specific project
  • Retroactive expenses for completed modules and projects
  • U-M tuition or fees
  • Personal living or emergency expenses
  • Activities associated with a course or other credit bearing activities related to coursework
  • Books, materials, or equipment available through U-M lending or loan programs
  • Materials for degree defense preparation, or connected to degree requirements

Application/Submission Procedures

Applicants will be asked to submit a project abstract, a detailed narrative proposal (of no more than 1500 words), and a project budget. Please submit any relevant literature, citations, precedents, prior work, or other documentation that will help the committee understand the impact and rationale for the project. 

The submitted detailed project budget should reflect the described project activities and should include any other requested or acquired funding sources. If anticipated cost for the overall project exceed the request, please explain what portions this grant will fund or what funds will be used to complete the project. 

Applicants may apply for funds multiple times per academic year but may only receive one grant July 1-June 31. Applicants may also apply to fund additional parts of the originally funded project if research goals/milestones were compartmentalized, expanded or extended.

Unsuccessful applicants may be invited to consult with ArtsEngine to adjust and re-submit their application through a consultative process if the project is determined to be fundable with reasonable changes or additional information.


Grant applications may be submitted April 15 – June 15, 2020 for activities occurring in the 2020-2021 school year. Award notifications will be made in July 2020. 

The Review Committee is comprised of faculty members from the from the four North Campus Schools and Colleges and the School of Information who have been selected as a member of the ArtsEngine Faculty Liaison Group, and ArtsEngine staff. 

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Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients are expected to make a final report about the project findings and research experience (online template provided) and fill out a survey to help improve the grant program experience. Recipients may also be invited to present their work at an annual conference or convening organized by ArtsEngine/a2ru.