RISD Research opportunities and updates

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 Opportunities:

Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Competition
What: A competition seeking technology-enabled approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following crisis or conflict situations: Health Crisis, Natural Disaster, and Conflict Zones.
When: March 30, 2015
How Much: The total payout will be up to $50,000, with at least one award in each of the three categories being no smaller than $5,000 and no other award being smaller than $1,500.


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
What: The RISCA Art Access grants are small grants to new ventures, occasional arts programs, or arts and cultural organizations.
When: April 1, 2015
How Much: Up to $2,500.


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
What: Building Demand for the Arts grants will support efforts by exemplary artists and organizations to increase demand for jazz, theater, and contemporary dance.
When: Letter’s of Inquiry (LOI’s) due April 24, 2015
How Much: Up to $40,000 for Exploration Grants and up to $110,000 for Implementation Grants.


What: UNTITLED. is an art fair focused on emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.
When: Applications due May 1, 2015
Where: Miami Beach, FL. Dec 2-6, 2015.



‘Future of Skin’ Nike/RISD Research Group, Lecture:  MIT’s Pedro Reis on ‘Smorphs’

Guest Lecturer Pedro Reis, MIT Associate Professor of Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineering, will talk about a new class of Smart Morphable Surfaces, ‘Smorphs’, that he has been central in creating.

‘Smorphs’ make use of a wrinkling instability on curved surfaces to generate custom, switchable and tunable topography. Inspired by the dimpled patterns of golf balls, these morphable surfaces have been found to maximize aerodynamic performance while reducing drag. In this talk he will discuss the role of design in his process and the implications this technology might have in future scenarios.

Date: April 14, 2015

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: CIT 103.


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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