Grant Opportunities from the National Endowment for the Arts

Funding supports research projects examining effects of the arts, supports art research infrastructure

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a US federal agency that supports participation in the arts and the development of creative capacities. As part of its mission, NEA offers two research awards that support scientific initiatives in line with the agency’s agenda, called “Research Grants in the Arts” and “NEA Research Labs.”

Research Grants in the Arts:

This grant supports research that studies the value and impact of the arts on American life. The grant aims to support research that examines (but is not limited to) individual-level outcomes of arts participation, specifically outcomes corresponding with the domains of social and emotional well-being; creativity, cognition, and learning; and physiological processes of health and healing. Research can also be done on a societal level.

Studies can be psychological and physical health related studies or organizational research and can involve primary and/or secondary data analysis.

NEA plans to offer 10-15 grants with awards ranging from $10,000 – $100,000. NEA offers matching grants, which means that support requires a nonfederal cost share or match of at least 1 to 1.


Application deadlines:

Part 1: Submit to Grants.gov – March 30, 2020

Part 2: Submit to Application Portal – April 2-9, 2020

Earliest Announcement for award rejection: November 2020

Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2021


To learn more about the program, visit the Research Grants in the Arts Program Description.

NEA Research Labs:

The NEA Research Labs grant seeks to support institutions of higher education or nonprofit research and policy organizations that wish to be NEA Research Labs. Grounded in behavioral science, NEA Research Labs develop insights about the arts to benefit all sectors of the arts, including the healthcare, education, and business sectors.

NEA Research Labs will serve as centers or hubs for a domain of interest. Labs conduct the following activities:

  1. Design and publish an evidence-based research agenda;
  2. Plan and implement a keystone study, or a series of studies;
  3. Produce at least one research report for each research study;
  4. Provide ad hoc analyses or fulfill information requests concerning the NEA Research Lab’s research agenda; and
  5. Disseminate study findings, research products, data, tools, or services to other researchers, arts practitioners, and the general public

NEA Research Labs are cooperative agreements, which means that NEA will be substantially involved in the operations of the proposed project. These grants offer up to $150,000 in matching grants, which require a nonfederal match or cost share rate of at least 1 to 1.


Application deadlines are as follows:

Part 1: Submit to Grants.gov – March 30, 2020

Part 2: Submit to Application Portal – April 2-9, 2020

Earliest Announcement for award rejection: November 2020

Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: March 1, 2021


To learn more about the program, visit the NEA Research Labs Program Description.

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