University of Southern California


ART WORKS (National Endowment for the Arts)

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LOI:                                                     October 11, 2016, 11:59 pm EST: The SF-424 (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance) is due through                      
Internal Deadline:                           August 24, 2016, 5pm PDT
External Deadline:                          October 18, 2016, 11:59 pm EST
Award Information:                        Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in posting.

Anticipated Amount: $10,000 – $100,000

Cost Sharing:                                   All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, and can include federally-negotiated indirect costs. You may include in your Project Budget matching funds that are proposed but not yet committed at the time of the application deadline.

Submission Process:                    PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

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Additional Information:

The NEA Art-Works solicitation states the following (emphasis added by Office of Research):

A parent organization that comprises separately identifiable and independent components (e.g., a university campus that has a presenting organization and a radio station) may submit an application for each such component. In addition, a parent organization also may submit one application on its own behalf for a distinctly different project. The parent organization must meet the eligibility requirements for all applicants. NOTE: A related organization that performs grant administration duties for a parent organization (e.g., a college foundation that administers grants awarded to a college and its components) may submit applications for components and the parent organization in lieu of such applications being submitted by the parent. The related organization must meet the eligibility requirements for all applicants. An independent component must be a unit that is both programmatically and administratively distinct from the parent organization, have its own staff and budget, and generally have an independent board that has substantial responsibility for oversight and management. To qualify as independent, a component should be equivalent to a stand-alone institution with a separate mission.

The Office of Research is sponsoring a competition to submit with USC as the parent organization; you will want to contact the appropriate Research Dean regarding submitting as an “independent component.” For more information, contact Mike Yarsky at


Track One: Value and Impact

For this Track, priority will be given to projects that present theory-driven and evidence-based research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities, and/or that use novel and promising research approaches, such as rigorous analyses of organizational or social networks and/or social media data. Projects with a primary focus on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods are not eligible under this Track and should apply to Track Two.

Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs

Despite compelling research conclusions from studies such as The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth (National Endowment for the Arts, 2012), there is a lack of findings about the causal relationship between the arts and short- or long-term individual or community benefits. Particularly in assessing the effects of a program, policy, or practice (referred to here as an “intervention”), more rigorous methods are needed to isolate—to the greatest extent possible—the impacts of the intervention from those associated with other influences (e.g.,  geographic or temporal factors, or pre-existing differences between participants and non-participants). For questions about causality, experimental approaches such as randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are generally preferred. When experimental approaches are not feasible, high-quality, quasi-experimental design studies offer an attractive alternative.

We encourage applications from diverse research fields (e.g., economics, psychology, education, sociology, medicine and health, communications, and urban and regional planning) and that use experimental or quasi-experimental design methods to test the impact that the arts can have on a variety of possible outcomes.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.