Pathways to Research Support (RISD Research)

RISD Research

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Invitation to RISD Faculty for participation in an Art+Design+Science panel:

On April 14, RI EPSCoR is organizing a community symposium that will include two panel discussions on collaboration: one on art+design+science collaboration and one on social science+hard science collaboration.


We would like the art+design+science panel to explore questions, obstacles and insights garnered through RISD’s participation in EPSCoR. We would like members of interdisciplinary collaborative teams to share their experience, and have an open discussion session following that sharing. If you are able to participate we invite you to suggest questions, topics, insights that you would like to share.  In particular, we would be interested to know how your prior participation in EPSCoR has influenced your approach to current collaborations, which we would encourage you to present. Following both collaborative panels we will hold a facilitated session exploring some of the common features of the different modes of collaboration presented by artists, designers, social and hard scientists.


Our hope on the RISD side is that this will provide an important context for our collaborators in the upcoming grant, and that the insights of the other panels may be useful for ongoing collaborations such as Landscape Architecture’s participation in the New Hampshire EPSCoR project.


Here is the agenda we are currently working with:


Art+Design+Science Panel (1 hour)

10 minutes: Introduction and Review of some of the major insights gathered over the past 5 years.

(Introducer could be: Charlie Cannon, Neal Overstrom, Chris Rose)

35 minutes: Individual and/or Team Presentations

15 minutes: Audience Discussion


Social+Hard Science Panel (1 hour)


Facilitated Session (30 minutes)



Feb-March Identify discussion points and choreograph approach.


For more information and to participate, please contact:

Lucia Monge <>


Research Topic Discussion Lunches:

A series of gatherings for faculty to meet to discuss topics of common interest. Learn about current faculty activity, exchange insights, imagine new projects, and find support for your own work. Lunch provided; all are welcome.

Please check out our website events to find out when the next scheduled dates will be for Ethics, Living Systems, Health+, and Exhibition, research topic discussion lunches.


Current Research Opportunities:

EmcArts Issues Call for Community Innovation Lab LOIs

What: Labs in two new communities in the U.S. will give local stakeholders an opportunity to address an urgent and specific social challenge by using artistic practices to advance innovative responses to that challenge.

When: Deadline is April 11, 2016 (Letters of Inquiry).

How much: A grant of $250,000 from the Kresge Foundation to EmcArts will cover program design and facilitation, including travel and accommodations. Selected communities will need to raise a community matching grant of $100,000 to cover the cost of fees for local facilitators and artists, participant stipends, convening costs, and research.


Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Spring 2017 Artist Residencies

What: Based in Sheridan, Wyoming, the program provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence.

When: Application submission closes on October 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (for Spring 2017, which runs from March through the first Friday in June).  

How much: Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks.


Rhode Island Foundation Invites Applications for Arts in Academics Program

What: Grants will be awarded in support of projects that foster collaborations among artists and educators in Rhode Island and promote the arts as an integral part of the learning process.

When: Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on October 28, 2016.

How much: $500 to $1,000 per grant


Vilcek Foundation Invites Applications for Vilcek Cash Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts

What: Three cash prizes to young foreign-born artists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Artists practicing in a variety of media — including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts processes — are encouraged to apply.

When: Application deadline is June 10, 2016, at 5pm EDT.

How much: Three prizes of $50,000 each.


Latest News:


Last Friday, March 18th, RISD Industrial Design Department Senior Critic and NASA Coordinator Michael Lye held a salon discussion at the Providence Athenaeum on “Design for Extreme Environments” (RISD’s interdisciplinary studio collaboration with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Human Factors and Habitability Office). The studio collaboration defines future spacecraft and habitats for exploration beyond low Earth orbit. Attendees to the salon learned why astronauts are like 90-year olds, and how designers are helping to envision and define how we will live in the habitats of the future; in space and here on the earth.


Contact Josephine Martell at 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

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