RISD Research

RISD Research

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.


2016 Bridge Grants announcement:

RISD Research is pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 Bridge Grants will be available to all faculty on April 8th (visit research.risd.edu). The goal of the 2016 RISD Bridge Grants Program is to provide faculty support for the extended development of a research topic. Grants in the amount of $6,000 will be awarded to selected faculty ($4,000 to be used in the summer, and $2,000 to be used during the ’16-’17 academic year). Applications will be due May 6, 2016.


Upcoming Events:


The Rhode Island Robot Block Party

April 9, 2016 from 11 to 4 pm.

Discover how robots are used in research, manufacturing, toy design and education during the Rhode Island Robot Block Party! The Robot Block Party is presented by Rhode Island School of the Future and the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University.


Pizzatola Center- Brown University

235 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906


Fashion Revolution at RISD and Brown University

April 22 – April 24


Friday April 22

Screening of UNRAVEL & THE TRUE COST documentaries.

With a presentation from former head of RISD Apparel, Meg DeCubellis on researching Rag Pickers in India and Apparel Senior student, Chris Mena, present his collection as a runway walk.

RISD Chace Center. 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI.



Sunday, April 24

FRD student ambassadors of Brown and RISD are planning a Clothing Swish.

Brown University Granoff Center. Providence, RI.



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 <lmonge01@risd.edu>



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.



April 19th, 2016


CIT 202



April 26th, 2016


CIT 202


Bio + Tech

April 27th, 2016


CIT 202


Latest News:


RISD’s own Daniel Cavicchi, Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences & Dean of Liberal Arts, spent all last summer working on an interactive map for the brand new Grammy Museum Mississippi. It’s an interactive map of music influences over the course of the 20th century, all stemming from Mississippi. You can read more about it in this recent Wall Street Journal article.


Current Research Opportunities:


National Arts Strategies Seeks Applications for 2016 Creative Community Fellowships

What: Led by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows will gain the tools, skills, and networks to activate ideas aimed at transforming their communities.

When: Deadline is April 24, 2016.

How much: Tuition, including room and board, is completely underwritten for all Fellows. Fellows are only responsible for their travel costs to any in-person events.


George B. Henderson Foundation Invites Applications for Boston Beautification Projects

What: Grants will be awarded to projects that improve the visual environment of Boston city parks, streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Each project must be visible by the public, preferably from a public way.

When: Deadline is  May 16, 2016.

How much: Grants of up to $30,000.


Terra Foundation Offers Funding for American Art Exhibitions

What: The foundation supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980.

When: Deadline is August 1, 2016 (Letters of Inquiry)

How much: Not specified, however sample budget in application indicated $150,00 in total amount of funds requested from the Terra Foundation. To be eligible, institutions must have 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants are not made to individuals.



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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