Professional Development Fund Fall 2012 cycle call for proposals

The Professional Development Fund was established to foster excellence in the fields of art and design and the advancement of knowledge in related fields.  The Fund provides financial support for the extraordinary costs of studio work, research projects that could not be done otherwise, the development of publications, and other work in progress undertaken by full and part-time faculty, museum curators, and professional librarians. This non-taxable support is granted in the form of direct payment of project related expenses or release time for full-time faculty.

During the past year the Professional Development Fund has provided support for Yuriko Saito’s release time to work on her Oxford Press publication “Everyday Aesthetics and World-Making”, Peter Yeadon’s research on the use of biological sensors to detect arsenic in water;  Masha Ryskin’s artist residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Lee Boroson’s MassMOCA installation. A wide spectrum of other creative and scholarly projects were also funded by the Professional Development Grant Fund.

Since its inception, the Professional Development Fund has granted more than $1,700,000 in release time, research, travel, and creative projects. Awards usually range from $1000 – $5000, with an average of $2400.  $37,500 will be disbursed during the Fall application cycle.

The Professional Development Grant Committee urges all faculty, librarians and museum curators to submit applications for research and creative projects to be undertaken between January 1 and June 30, 2013.

The deadline for completed fall cycle proposals is 11:59pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

The deadline for completed spring cycle proposals is 11:59pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

You are welcome to review past proposals and project reports and or to ask the committee’s secretary for editorial assistance and budget review prior to your application submission. mlewis@risd.edu

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