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.


Call for Submissions: Summer Bridge Grants

RISD Research is pleased to announce that summer Bridge Grants are now available. The goals of the RISD Bridge Grants are to provide RISD Faculty and selected students the opportunity to continue exploratory work begun in the classroom or studio. This grants program supports research on a broad range of topics as a pathway to further research, external partnerships, and funding.

Applications are due May 22, 2015 and grants will be awarded in amounts between $5,000-$10,000 to be used during the summer.  Apply Now

Upcoming Opportunities:

Ball Brothers Foundation Accepting Application for Cycle II Grants

What: Grants of will be awarded to projects that fall into the foundation’s six broad subject areas: education (higher education, public and private education); arts, culture, and the humanities (cultural activities & institutions); human services (including youth services); community improvement/development; health (including school and community wellness, youth development, and recreation); and the environment (including conservation and land management).
When: LOIs must be received no later than July 15, 2015. Upon review, selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals by September 1, 2015.

How Much: Grants up to $100,000.
Lalor Foundation Accepting Applications for Reproductive Health Programs

What: The Lalor Foundation is accepting applications from programs designed to educate young women about human reproduction in order to broaden and enhance their options in life. Grants will be awarded in support of programs for young women, particularly those who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination, geographic isolation, lack of specific sex education, hostile public policy, or other factors leading to inadequate reproductive health.

When: Deadlines for concept papers are May 1 and November 1. The online portal will open one month prior to the concept paper deadline.

How Much: The trustees award a small number of grants in the range of $10,000 to $50,000, with an average grant size between $20,000 and $25,000.
Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Seeks Proposals for Craft Research Fund

What: The program supports innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, explores the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, fosters new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the U.S. craft field, and advances investigation of neglected questions on craft history and criticism.

When: Application deadline is October 9, 2015 (11:59pm EST).

How Much: Graduate Research Grants of up to $10,000; Exhibition Research and Project Grants of up to $15,000
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites Letters of Intent

What: The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age.

The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

When: Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

How Much: Varies.


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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