Dean’s Exploration 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.
To prepare a competitive proposal that addresses the 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.
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.
Clear and reasonable budget: In your budget, present a budget that aligns with the activities of your project.
Potential for external funding: In sources of external support, indicate the other sources of funding you are seeking for this project.
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: Department Chairs, adjunct faculty, and faculty on waivers 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.