Friday, March 21, 2008

Craft Research Fund – PROJECT GRANTS

Deadline: July 1, 2008 at 5:00pm (RECEIVE)

Craft Research Fund – PROJECT GRANTS

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

Craft Research Fund – PROJECT GRANTS
The Mission of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship in the field of studio craft in the United States.

• To support innovative research on artistic and critical issues in craft theory, practice and history
• To explore the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture
• To foster new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field in America
• To advance investigation of neglected questions in United States craft history and criticism

Research at Applicants are encouraged to read the 2004 report for an understanding of the development of the program.

This is the fourth year of the grant program with the selection process moved from spring to fall to help administrators who also work with panel selection of the Windgate Fellowships in the spring.

A description of the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Project and Graduate Research Grants can be found on the CCCD website.

Deadline for application for 2008 Project Grants must arrive no later than 5pm, July 1, 2008

Notification of Project Grant awards will be released September 15 for projects beginning October 1, 2008. Work outlined in the grant request must be completed with a final report within 18 months of the award, with a status report due midway through the research.

Mail to:
Craft Research Fund
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
PO Box 1127
Hendersonville, N.C. 28793

FED EX to:
Craft Research Fund
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
1181 Broyles Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791

Travel Grants of $500 will be awarded to applicants who have been invited to speak at the College Art Association panel in New York from the perspective of U.S. studio craft. Applications must be submitted at least a month prior to the conference and funding will be sent following presentations at the CAA conference.

Application Process: A letter of request for travel support, a copy of an invitation to participate on a College Art Association panel, and a copy of the session abstract that relates in some way to U.S. studio craft. Support for travel, lodging or other expenses associated with the panel will be reimbursed up to $500. Send application to the above address.

Grant Program:
Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to support research relating to the goals of the Craft Research Fund. Grant funds may be used to support documentation such as images or rights to use images or text, as part of the research yet to be completed. The grant awards are not for the printing of already completed research.

Eligibility: Proposals are welcome from academic researchers, independent scholars, and museum curators. General overhead (indirect administrative expenses) is not eligible for university based projects. No capital equipment purchases are eligible for support. (graduate students should apply through the Graduate Research Guidelines)

Examples might be:
• New understanding of the relationship between hand-made production and digital technologies
• Narratives addressing work by artists using traditional craft media
• The role of craft production within cultural tourism
• Contributions to the history of the studio craft movement
• Or other topics that offer fresh perspectives within the field

Applicants requesting support for research on individual craft artists should refer to on how the research could compliment or expand the Smithsonian Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.

Proposals must identify intended audiences and/or publishing opportunities. These may include stand-alone publications, peer-reviewed journals, papers presented at a scholarly conference, university colloquium or public forum, or a museum catalogue. If the research audience involves a museum, nonprofit or university public forum, a letter of support from the partner institution must be included with the application.


Criteria: A peer panel of readers, who are recognized craft scholars, faculty and/or curators, free of any conflict of interest, will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

• If completed properly, the proposal will advance scholarship and knowledge in the field of United States Craft
• The Research that will have a positive effect on the craft field in the United States.
• The plan for dissemination identifies the audience, is reasonable, and has supporting documentation as appropriate.
• The project is feasible based on the timeline, expertise, and budget reflected in the application.

Notification of awards will be released in September 15, 2008 for projects beginning October 1, 2008 to be completed within 18 months.

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
Phone: 828.890.2050
Fax: 828.890.2060