RISD Research news and opportunities

Find support for your research, including updates and new funding opportunities at the RISD Research website. While there, search our improved funding database, SPINPlus to receive notifications that match your unique research interests.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities:

New York Foundation for the Arts

What: Fellowships for artists living in New York state to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. Grants will be awarded in the categories of Fiction, Folk/Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts and Painting.

When: February 26, 2015
How Much: Unrestricted $7,000 fellowships.

The Keen Effects Grant Program

What: Grants to organizations that inspire responsible outdoor participation as a way to build strong communities, promote creative and sustainable thinking, and introduce new audiences to the outdoors.

When:  March 1, 2015
How Much: Ten grants in the amount of $10,000 each.

The Vela Foundation

What: A grant promoting improved nutrition and wellness in eastern Massachusetts, with an emphasis on underserved communities.

When: March 2, 2015
How Much: $2,500-$25,000


JAR Call for Articles 

What: The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) welcomes submissions from all fields and disciplines in which artistic research may be relevant, including areas that may not usually be conceived of as ‘artistic’.

When: Submissions due by February 8, 2015


BOUND-LESS-BOOKS Michael Carabetta, Design Director at San Francisco-based designer/publisher Chronicle Books, co-led a design sprint this past weekend with other Chronicle directors and designers, including ID Alum Ben Laramie and RISD’s Ben Shaykin. In an immersive weekend long workshop, co-sponsored by RISD Research and the Graphic Design Department, students reimagined the future of content, pushing the boundaries and format of the traditional book. With emphasis placed on capturing and creating an experience rather than an object, one group stared at the audience in silence for an extended period causing the other participants to flounder in discomfort; another group, proposed a full scale story experience to physically inhabit giving agency to the viewer/reader/participant; and another group proposed a new dimension of cookbook, they call kitchen choreography, a platform designed to increase comfort in the kitchen by emphasizing and tracking the movements that pertain to the steps in a recipe.

“The Future of Skin” a NIKE sponsored Open Research Group: RISD Research and Nike kicked-off a RISD/NIKE research group on THE FUTURE OF SKIN last Friday with presentations from NIKE’s Innovation, Color & Pattern, Footwear, Jordan and Material leads. Their presentations gave rich insight into NIKE’s processes, goals and founding motivations, which sparked incredible enthusiasm among the students who then broke into groups to discuss topics of skin in material and metaphor.

This cross-disciplinary research group will meet bi-weekly to collaboratively explore, discuss, and develop new insights into skin as a unique medium of artistic and design exploration. Participation limited to 40 students whose interests, studio work, practice, research, or teaching relate in some way to SKIN’s aesthetic, expressive, technical, or metaphorical qualities. Candidates for this group should be comfortable researching and conceptualizing within a transdisciplinary team of RISD faculty and students, NIKE designers, and visiting experts and lecturers. Application Deadline is Wednesday January 28th at 5:00PM. Click Here to Apply. For more information contact Eliot Bassett-Cann (ebassett01@risd.edu).


Contact Josephine Martell at jmartell@risd.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss grant funded research interests and for general questions about research or to discuss partnering with RISD, contact Eliot Bassett-Cann via research@risd.edu.


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