NEA Research Labs - Assessing the Value and Impact of the Arts

Sponsor Deadline: 

Oct 10, 2017


National Endowment for the Arts

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RESEARCH: ART WORKS: Grant Program Description - deadline Oct. 10, 2017
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The NEA is interested in research seeking to identify and to examine:

  • Factors that enhance or inhibit Arts Participation or Arts/Cultural Assets;
  • Detailed characteristics of Arts Participation or Arts Cultural/Assets, and their interrelationships;
  • Individual-level outcomes of Arts Participation, including those corresponding with the following domains:
    • social and emotional well-being,
    • creativity, cognition,
    • and learning
    • physiological processes of health and healing; and
  • Societal or community-level outcomes, including those corresponding with the following domains:
    • civic and corporate innovation,
    • attraction for neighborhoods and businesses,
    • national and/or state-level economic growth.

Funds will be awarded for projects that involve analyses of primary and/or secondary data. Primary data collection is an allowable activity under these grants, as long as a proposed project also includes analysis of that data. We will not fund projects that focus exclusively on data acquisition. Projects may include, but are not limited to, primary and/or secondary data analyses; economic impact studies; organizational research; psychological and physical health-related or therapeutic studies that take place in clinical or non-clinical settings; education studies in a variety of contexts (e.g., classrooms, informal venues, distance learning, or home-school environments); third-party evaluations of an arts program's effectiveness and impact; and statistically-driven meta-analyses of existing research so as to provide a fresh understanding of the value and/or impact of the arts. We also are interested in translational research that moves scientific evidence toward the development, testing, and standardization of new arts-related programs, practices, models, or tools that can be used easily by other practitioners and researchers.