faculty affiliate program

To better fulfill and expand its mission to “…provid(e) a framework in which curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and passion are engaged through interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research, and community”, ArtsEngine is announcing the launch of a new Faculty Affiliate program in Fall 2023.  This new effort is designed to bring together faculty from the five North Campus schools and colleges who are interested in expanding the impact of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and collaboration through their individual efforts and collectively, with other Faculty Affiliates and ArtsEngine, at UM and beyond.  

The ArtsEngine Faculty Affiliates are expected to be a diverse group of scholars who have a central interest in working across interdisciplinary boundaries in the arts, engineering, information science, and technology. Membership as a Faculty Affiliate is open to all University of Michigan faculty members in the North Campus schools and colleges whose teaching and/or research activities require and appreciate the input, collaboration, and processes associated with broadly interdisciplinary work. Affiliates will bring a wide range of professional research, teaching, and mentoring experiences to this effort and will provide input to help shape the future direction of ArtsEngine.

Arts Integrative Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Grant

Open to U-M Instructional and Research Faculty – Ann Arbor

Arts Integrative Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Grants support faculty research projects that integrate the arts or design with other disciplines, especially those in engineering and the sciences. Individual grants up to $3,000 can support existing research efforts as well as new areas of inquiry.

Grants are available to any faculty member or instructor appointed in one of the ArtsEngine schools/colleges (A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning; College of Engineering; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; School of Information; School of Music, Theatre & Dance).

  • Interdisciplinary in scope, with art or design as a central tenet
  • Relevant to and significant for advancing disciplinary practices, perceptions or capabilities in the domains represented in the proposal
  • Demonstrates a clear and coherent rationale for conducting the research
  • Connected to a line of inquiry that builds on what others have done previously
  • Articulates potential impacts beyond the specific domains and communities directly involved in the research
  • Demonstration of necessary skills and qualifications to execute the project or plan to consult or work with others with the skills and qualifications needed
  • Budget reflective of necessary resources for what is needed for the activities proposed

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

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 30. 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 if the project is determined to be fundable with reasonable changes or additional information.


Grant applications are due June 15, 2023 for activities occurring in the 2023-2024 school year. Award notifications will be made in July 2023.


  • ArtsEngine provides a supportive scholarly environment where affiliates have access to a network of faculty members and graduate students who share experiences, act as mentors, and collaborate on research and teaching related to interdisciplinary efforts across the arts, engineering, information, and technology.
  • ArtsEngine organizes colloquia, conferences, coffee hours, and other related activities, which foster interdisciplinary contacts, connections, and community; and improve research opportunities.
  • ArtsEngine facilitates and amplifies affiliate interdisciplinary research, teaching, projects, and community on its website, on social media, and in the larger campus and local community.
  • ArtsEngine provides information and workshops about funding opportunities and has its own small grants program for which only Faculty Affiliates are eligible.
  • ArtsEngine, in partnership with a2ru, facilitates and supports participation in annual national conferences and inclusion of research in the interdisciplinary journal, Groundworks.
  • ArtsEngine, in partnership with the Duderstadt Center, provides access to technological resources and expertise, as well as Faculty Commons space for collaboration, exhibition and project work.
  • Invited to participate in ArtsEngine symposia, showcases, conferences, workshops, and faculty focused events.
  • Advise ArtsEngine on advocacy efforts for the support and expansion of interdisciplinary initiatives.

applying for faculty affiliate

Faculty members interested in becoming affiliates should send the following information to the ArtsEngine Faculty Director, John Granzow at jgranzow@umich.edu by October 9, 2023

  • A cover letter expressing interest in becoming a ArtsEngine Faculty Affiliate, a description of current and planned interdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or other interest and expertise, and how becoming a Faculty Affiliate will benefit their personal and professional development, students and faculty at UM, other communities or stakeholders, or their respective fields.
  • A current CV

The Faculty Director will review the materials sent by the prospective affiliate faculty member and, in consultation with the UARTS Curriculum Committee, will appoint successful applicants for renewable three-year terms.