SFA Research Funding

University of Connecticut
School of Fine Arts Research Grant 2021-2022



The School of Fine Arts Research Grant is intended to fund proposals of superior artistic and scholarly merit, and especially to offer support for projects in their initial stages that are likely to result in high-profile publications, exhibitions, performances, and other creative activity appropriate to the field of inquiry, and that have strong potential to attract external funding from such agencies as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and other regional, national, and international bodies. For this year’s competition a total of $55,000* will be available to the SFA faculty for scholarly research and creative practice projects. We are extremely grateful to the Office of the Vice President for Research for providing generous funding to supplement the amount allocated for this program within the SFA budget.

[*after Fall awards, $30,000 remains available for Spring competition.]


Tenured/tenure-track and in-residence faculty. (We are unfortunately unable to accept proposals from Emeritus faculty, given limited funds and the need to prioritize the work of faculty whose research/creative activity is evaluated as part of PTR and merit processes.)


The program’s primary objective is to support proposals of high merit. The SFA welcomes proposals for projects in all areas and for a wide variety of purposes; we welcome proposals that involve collaboration, including between faculty across multiple departments of the school or university. (Please see ** below for exceptions). The following criteria will be used to rank proposals:


    Quality of the project

    Clarity of methodology and objectives

    Significance of the research or creative activity to the field

    Budget clarity [NB: if the total budget required for completion of the project significantly exceeds the amount requested as a grant, please indicate how the remaining costs will be covered, e.g. personal funds, other grants (indicate status of application), cost-sharing arrangements, with specific amounts for each category.]

    Potential for external funding

    Prior support from School of Fine Arts Research Grant funds


    While the intrinsic strength of a proposal will remain the primary consideration, the selection committee reserves the right to take into account also support that the applicant has received from SFA programs during the last five years, given the limited financial resources available and the large number of deserving proposals typically submitted.


    Please note: careful consideration must be given, in both research and dissemination plans, to restrictions on travel, public gatherings etc. stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.


    Proposals may be submitted for grants of between $2,000 and $10,000 (for amounts smaller than $2000 please apply to the OVPR’s Scholarship Facilitation Fund)


    5.00 p.m., Monday, February 14, 2022


    E-mail your proposal as a PDF attachment to Arielle Hill-Moses (arielle.hill-moses@uconn.edu), Assistant to the Dean, with the subject line ‘SFA Research Grant 2021-2022 application.'

    Award Date

    Monday, March 21, 2022

    Grant period

    The standard grant period will be from May 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023, unless there are compelling reasons for a later completion date and approval for such has been explicitly granted by the Associate Dean. If faculty anticipate needing to draw on grant funds before May 1, 2022, this should be explained and justified clearly in the proposal.

    General instructions and Proposal Format

    Proposals should use a 12-pt font, 1” margins, and double spacing. Complete nos. 1-12 as listed on following page, with 1-7 as a separate cover page. Please adapt form as necessary if multiple PIs are involved.


    The applicable department Head for each PI listed must sign the form prior to submission. If multiple departments are involved, all Heads should sign. In all cases, please allow adequate time for Heads to review proposals before signing.


    1. Please note that this grant is not intended to fund course development or other projects focused primarily on instructional innovations. Exceptions may only be considered where there is also a well-defined research or creative outcome that can be disseminated to the wider profession and is subject to some level of peer review (e.g. a conference presentation, publication, exhibition, performance in an off-campus professional venue, etc.), and which contributes significantly to the research and creative profile of the faculty member or faculty team involved.
    2.  We are not able to fund projects that include the commissioning of musical compositions, artwork, or other creative products the rights to which are retained by an external individual or entity.

    School of Fine Arts Research Grant

    1. Name of Applicant:

    2. Applicant’s Job Title and Department or Unit Affiliation (include Unit #, e-mail address and phone extension):

    3. Project Title (Choose a title that is descriptive and specific rather than general):

    4. Total Amount Requested $__________________

    5. Project Abstract (75-100 words)

    6. Applicant’s Signature

    7. Department or Unit Head’s Signature


    8. Proposed Research or Creative Activity (Narrative). Do not exceed 1250 words for the narrative section, using the style guidelines provided above. Use the headings suggested below to organize the narrative. Be sure to link carefully the project to the proposed time period and budget.

    Introduction: Clearly outline the project to be undertaken, the background of the work with literature citations as necessary, and the rationale of the project as you wish to pursue it.

    Methodology: Give details of how you will carry out the research or creative activity and a statement of procedure consistent with the presentation in the introduction.

    Significance of the project: Describe the significance of this project to the field as a whole, emphasizing the potential importance of the anticipated contributions. Explain the expected outcome of the research or creative acitivity by indicating how you plan to disseminate your findings: by publishing in a scholarly journal, presenting at a meeting, showing at an exhibit, performing a recital, or in some other manner.

    9. Proposed Budget: provide specifics and details with appropriate justification. Use the format below, or one similar, when preparing your budget.

    Budget category                        Specific Item                               Amount                              Justification


    [Please note: faculty summer salary and course buyouts may NOT be requested in this program.]

    10. Extramural Support: List funding from extramural sources that you have received in support of your work in the last five years.

    11. Intramural Support: List funding from intramural sources that you have received in support of your work in the last five years.

    12. Curriculum Vitae: Attach a two-page version of your professional summary, including your most recent publications or other scholarly and creative output most relevant to the work proposed.