University of Southern California


NEA Research Labs


Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

Part 1:                                                   March 30, 2020                                                

External Deadline:                          April 2-9, 2020

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal.

Anticipated Amount: $150,000

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


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                      

Who May Serve as PI:   

The official applicant must be 1) a U.S. institution of higher education, or 2) a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organization with their core components having research and policy as a principal focus, either as the primary work or as part of a transdisciplinary mission. This nonprofit organization also must have a three-year history of commissioning and conducting research in the behavioral or social sciences, and communicating research findings and policy implications through reports and/or convenings, at the time of application.


NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike.


Grants for organizations support exemplary projects in artist communities, arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting and multidisciplinary works, theater, and visuals arts.


We fund projects only. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nations’ 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities.


The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization(s) (Cooperator) to undertake the National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs program. In brief, the Cooperator will plan and implement a research program in one of the National Endowment for the Arts’ three proposed topic areas: 1. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being; 2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning; and 3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation


The NEA Research Labs initiative will help to fulfill milestones of a new five-year research agenda, available on the NEA’s website. The five “distinct areas of accomplishment” for the NEA are as follows:

  1. Collecting and reporting more robust data about U.S. arts participation patterns.
  2. Bringing more rigor and regularity to economic valuations of the arts.
  3. Expanding support for researchers to investigate the value and impact of the arts, thus helping the NEA to fulfill a core part of its mission.
  4. Engaging the public with arts data and analytical tools
  5. Building and sustaining federal research partnerships around the arts and human development.


For more info about the five-year research agenda, visit this link:

Budgetary Requirements:          

This Cooperative Agreement requires a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. Matching funds cannot include funds from any National Endowment for the Arts or other federal grants.


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