Student MicroGrants

Funding for Interdisciplinary Student Projects + Research 2018-2019 Information and Application

ArtsEngine stimulates and supports integrative project-based creative work and sustained research among faculty and students from North Campus, School of Information, and other U-M units. As a joint effort between A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, College of Engineering, and School of Information, ArtsEngine fosters transformative cross-disciplinary approaches and collaborations.


Grant Award Amount

Up to $1,500

Funding Cycles + Deadlines

Round I: deadline is Friday, October 4, 2019 (Notification by October 18)

Round II: deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019 (Notification by December 6)

Round III: deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020 (Notification by February 21)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Main grant applicant must belong to one of ArtsEngine’s sponsoring colleges (see above), but collaborators can be from any U-M unit.
  • Current undergraduate and graduate students from U-M may apply.
  • Individuals or groups may apply – though preference will be given to projects with at least two collaborators from different schools/disciplines.
  • Student organizations may apply.

Criteria for Projects and Research:

  • Project must be interdisciplinary (involving more than one discipline), with art as a primary focus. This may include projects that involve visual arts, design, architecture, literary arts, theatre, dance, film, performance and music.
  • A wide spectrum of involved disciplines is encouraged (i.e. engineering and dance; biology and music, etc.)
  • Project component funded by ArtsEngine must be realized by June 2020.
  • Project should demonstrate campus and/or local community impact.
  • Projects are expected to be student-led, although faculty and staff can participate as team members.

Information Required for Completing the Application

You may save the application at any time and return later to finish if needed; however, we encourage you to have the following information ready:

1. Grant Narrative (please address the following questions in 300-500 words)

  • How is the project interdisciplinary and why will this approach be appropriate for your project?
  • How do the arts play a role in your project?
  • If this is a group project, how will you address benefits and challenges of this interdisciplinary collaboration?
  • How do you anticipate carrying out the project? Explain the general timeline and describe team member responsibilities.
  • What is the expected impact on campus and/or the local community?

2. Project Budget

  • List all expenses and indicate those that ArtsEngine funds will cover
  • Include secured funding from other sources

3. Supporting Materials

  • Be ready to attach docs or links that help demonstrate the merit of your project (i.e. drawings, videos, advertisements, etc.).



Still have questions? Contact us or schedule a time to meet for advice. Need to find a collaborator for your project? Use the button on the left to make your request!