Image from 2016-17 grant project “Forgotten News, Forgotten Names.” See a full list of past grant recipients.

VCUarts is devoted to helping your best ideas flourish. Every year, the school awards $30,000 in grants to support undergraduate innovation and entrepreneurship. Got a unique concept for a product? Eager to start a brand-new business? Apply for an Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grant and you could win up to $5,000 to make your idea a reality.

Grant funds are awarded for the development of an interdisciplinary project, product or service. Receiving an innovation grant also allows you and your teammates to use your talents, skills and passions in unexpected places; spark curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and investigation; and enhance your coursework through thought-provoking discussions and hands-on experience with peers and faculty mentors.

New to the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants program this year is the James R. Gregory Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Gregory, a 1971 alum of the Department of Communication Arts + Design, spent 40 years building a renowned branding consultation firm in New York. Now he wants to empower students who have an idea for a product or service with strong potential to become a sustainable business model.

Visit the grants website to learn more about VCUarts innovation grants and the Gregory Prize, and how to apply. Applications open on September 10, and are due by November 2.

Workshops will also be available to help you prepare for your grant application.  Jody Symula and Andrew Ilnicki will host grant writing workshops at the Center for the Creative Economy (located in The Depot, 814 W. Broad) on Friday, September 21 at 1 PM, and Tuesday, October 16 at 1 PM. Follow the VCUarts social media channels for news about future workshops with faculty.


August 30, 2018