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Dean’s Faculty Research Grants

Dean’s Faculty Research Grants provide funding of up to $7,000 to support the final stage of research for which outcomes have been determined, and a venue for dissemination or realization of research results has been identified.

To prepare a competitive proposal that addresses the review criteria in the Faculty Research Grants category, refer to the following:

Clarity of the project: In your project narrative, describe your proposed project related to the exhibition, performance, or publication of creative work. Be sure to indicate in your proposal the venue in which your work will be shown (gallery, theatre, festival) or form in which it will be disseminated (journal article, conference paper). Articulate the importance of this venue to the field and to your work/research.

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.

  • Note: Adjunct faculty and faculty on waivers are not eligible to apply.
  • In no more than 70 words, summarize your proposed project. If awarded, this text will be used for announcing your grant on our website.
  • List financial sources of support you have identified, are presently seeking, or have been awarded. This includes in-kind support, as well as cash support. Example: New York Foundation for the Arts - $5,000 - Awarded
  • List any partners involved in your research. These may be other VCU faculty, as well as external organizations such as galleries, community partners, and individuals not affiliated with VCU.
  • In 750 words or less, describe your proposed project related to the exhibition, performance, or publication of creative work. Be sure to indicate in your proposal the venue in which your work will be shown (gallery, theatre, festival) or form in which it will be disseminated (journal article, conference paper). Describe how the project contributes to your field, to your professional development, to the profile and intellectual assets of the School and the university. Submit your Project Narrative attachment in PDF format.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Using the template provided here download and complete the project timeline spreadsheet, which requires you to enter key project activities, a description of these activities, and associated dates. Submit your Timeline attached in PDF format.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • For details see quest.vcu.edu
  • Please describe how your project addresses this Quest goal in no more than 70 words.
  • Using the template provided here download and complete the spreadsheet of all assumed costs of your proposed project. After you have completed your budget, upload it into this section of your application. Submit your Budget attachment in PDF format. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, University funding for travel outside of Virginia is not allowed.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Attach a current CV. If a collaborative project, please include one document with CVs of all participants. Submit your CV attachment in PDF format.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
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