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The Arts Research and Innovation Office

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The Arts Research and Innovation Office frames artistic practice as research, encouraging intellectual inquiry in and through the creative fields. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Support faculty with research development, to refine original concepts, incorporate rigorous research design, identify fitting funding opportunities, and prepare compelling proposals to further their creative work and scholarship
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration, to explore new directions in creative practice and the unique contributions of art and design towards generating new knowledge in other fields, including health, education, and human and community development
  • Facilitate public dialogue by organizing and participating in local, national, and international discussions exploring the evolving role of artists and designers in society

Our Work

Technical Assistance
We offer a range of services to faculty, and when appropriate, individuals and entities beyond VCU. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Project design – assisting with basic planned activities to meet standards of excellence expected by a funding entity
  • Research design – assisting with research methodologies across media, as well as implementation, documentation and reporting
  • Partnership development – identifying, pursuing and engaging appropriate partners to support, implement or validate a project
  • Fiscal development – building complex project budgets and shepherding the internal review process for proposal submission
  • Dissemination and promotion – identifying appropriate venues and platforms for disseminating and promoting artists’ research and creative scholarship
  • Research consulting – conducting in-house, issues-based research to inform policy

Our Programs

Our Partners