Deadline: October 2, 2023 5pm
Dean’s Exploratory Grants provide seed funding of up to $5,000 to support research explorations at the development stage where no definite outcomes can be predicted at the time the application is submitted.
- If you received funding from a Dean’s Faculty Exploratory grant last year you are not eligible to apply with the same project this year.
- You may apply for a Dean’s Faculty Research Grant for the same project for which you received an Exploratory Grant.
- If you have received funding two years in a row from the Dean’s Faculty Exploratory Grants you are not eligible to apply for an Exploratory Grant this academic year.
Applicants will be notified in December regarding the status of their proposal. Awards will expire December 31, 2024.
Please note: Award recipients must complete a final report on the project and submit to the Dean’s Office within 30 days of the end of the grant period. A report template will be provided. Failure to submit a final report on time will jeopardize future funding.
To prepare a competitive proposal that addresses the weighted review criteria in the Exploratory Grants category, refer to the following:
Clarity of the project: In your project narrative, describe your proposed project related to creative work and scholarship or an interdisciplinary project idea. Describe how this project represents an exploratory endeavor that could contribute to innovation and the generation of new knowledge. (45%)
Strong case for support: In your project narrative, describe how the project contributes to current trends/practice, your field, to your professional development at this time, and to the profile and intellectual assets of the School and the university. Projects with promise of future external funding will be strongly considered. (40%)
Clear and reasonable budget: Present a budget that clearly and accurately aligns with the activities of your project. Budget expenses should be explained in your project narrative. Click here for a list of allowable and non-allowable expenses. (15%)
Faculty grants programs serve full-time faculty at VCU School of the Arts. Faculty who work in collaboration with one another may also seek funding for a common project. Faculty members are encouraged to submit ONE application per deadline. Please note: Adjunct faculty, and faculty on waiver appointments are not eligible for these programs. Adjunct faculty are eligible for modest grants from the Dean’s office to support research, creative work, and professional development. Learn more and apply.
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