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.

Fall Research Topic Discussions + Cluster:

With great momentum, most of the discussion groups will be onto their second meetings before the start of the December break; discussions will resume on all three topics in winter session. New topic area conversations will also be announced for the Spring Semester in mid to late January.

(Disc. I) Bio + Tech: The Human-Nature Connection
Neal Overstrom, Advocate

(Disc 2) Ethics in Making
Lily Hermann, Advocate

(Disc 3) Exhibition: The Autonomous Force of Objects
Sheri Wills & FA Faculty, Advocates

(Cluster)  Health+
Peter Yeadon, Coordinator

HEALTH+ represents a group of faculty members at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) who are engaged in health and healthcare issues, as demonstrated by their work as professional artists, writers, designers, and educators.

The public’s concern over health issues resonates strongly within our community of practitioners and scholars. It is an important topic that is clearly expressed in our work. From RISD Museum projects and various external partnerships, to faculty-led research and student works created within our courses, there is plenty of readily observable evidence of various forms of engagement in health and healthcare issues.

Please visit the HEALTH+ Knowledge page, to learn more about our diverse areas of faculty expertise.

Partnered Studios Final Reviews:

Luminous Structures (CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain)  

St. GobainBEB, Room 106
15 December
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This studio, in collaboration with CertainTeed/ Saint-Gobain, is investigating and developing innovative technologies applied to the challenge of day lighting – proposing a highly specific approach to building by using high-performance materials to bring light into interiors. The result of the studio are designs and constructions of a prototypical exterior wall and ceiling assembly that can direct daylight into buildings.

St. GobainBy defining from an architecturally innovative perspective the synergy between day lighting, spatial consequence, and tectonics, we have the potential to develop new applications for new technologies.



Light Urbanism (Grace Church)

On site: Grace Church Cemetery in South Providence
16 December
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

This studio is a continuation of SouthLight, a Winter Session class led by Elettra Bordonaro in 2014, which culminated in the design and implementation of a temporary lighting installation in the Grace Church Cemetery. Guided again by Elettra Bordonaro and additionally by Aaron Forrest, the fall studio approached the cemetery with new material constraints and with the agenda of building a large scale intervention at the Grace Church Cemetery in  the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence.




RISD Museum, Danforth Room
11 December
10:00 AM – 1:00PM

kikkerlandIn a studio this fall, Kikkerland Design, The Container Store and the Industrial Design Program came together to re-think the organized home. For its eighth design challenge, Kikkerland Design invited students to design innovative products within three core categories:

The Connected Home:  Responding to the impact of technology on all aspects of home living/ cord management.

Healthy Food:  Offering answers to food prep, cabinet storage and meals on the go– based on current health trends.

The “Celebrity” Effect:  To create a storage and organization solutions to the increased use of cosmetic objects, such as make-up, jewelry and nail polish.

The goal was to give design students a platform to present their product ideas to a well-respected retailer and for the chance to see their ideas produced. The product submissions needed to appeal to The Container Store consumer and include Kikkerland’s signature fun and functional characteristics. Assistant Design professor Matthew Bird at RISD guided students, reviewing all products throughout the fall semester. Final products were hosted online for a public vote in November. Customers voted for their favorite designs to determine The People’s Choice winner. Check out their designs here. Winners will be announced Friday.


Publications for the Cessna Studio: The Space of Light and Nike Research Group: The Future of Skin have been completed, closing the final chapter in these Partnered Research Projects.

Upcoming Opportunities:

RI Innovation vouchers

What: Awards for collaborations between a research body (RISD in this case) and a RI small business (under 500 employees); although the award is made to the small business as the primary applicant. The goal is to support innovative R&D; more info about eligibility can be found here.

When: The initial application deadline is Jan 5, 2016.

How much: Up to $50,000 per award.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Invites Applications for Independent Film Tours

What: Opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement. Six films and their creators are selected for the program annually.

When: The application deadline for filmmakers interested is December 11, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. This deadline is for applying for participating in the 2016-2017 On Screen/In Person tour.

How much: All travel expenses are paid by MAAF. In addition, a $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) will be provided by the foundation to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs, as well as a $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.

University at Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative Accepting Applications for Residency Programs

What: Short- or long-term residencies that include a grant of up to $60,000 will be awarded to artists working in any artistic discipline.

When: In order to be considered for the Fall 2016- Spring 2017 cycle, completed applications must be received no later than March 1, 2016

How much: Proposed budgets may range from $3,500 for a short-term project to $60,000 for a project of greater duration and complexity. Companies and collaborating artists are eligible to apply, as are emerging and established artists.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Invites Applications From Women Artists
What: Grants of will be awarded to women poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and mixed-genre (illustration and text) artists whose work in some way focuses on women.

When: Individuals working in fiction, mixed genres, and visual arts must apply by December 31, 2015. The deadline for nonfiction and poetry writers is June 30, 2016.

How much: Small artist support grants ($500-$1500) to individual feminist women in the arts.

Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University Invites Applications for Fellowships
What: The five-week fellowships provide a $4,500 stipend and housing and studio space to international artists representing a range of practices and disciplines. Four fellowships will be awarded in total.

When: Applications must be received by December 31, 2015.


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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