AVPA Arts Research Enhancement Grant



The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) offers Arts Research Enhancement (ARE) Grants to provide support for faculty research, production, performance, or exhibition of creative and scholarly activities. These grants may be used to support short-term projects but are also intended to provide seed monies for longer-term projects with the possibility of external support.


Texas A&M University tenured and tenure-track faculty and continuing teaching faculty from the Colleges of Architecture, Education, and Liberal Arts are eligible to receive the AVPA Arts Research Enhancement Grant. Co-authored, interdisciplinary proposals are eligible, including co-authored proposals including faculty in Colleges not affiliated with the AVPA. The grant may neither be used as faculty salary, nor to supplement or fund a full or partial release from teaching. A faculty member’s name may not appear on more than one application. No more than two ARE Grants may be awarded to any faculty member in any five-year period. The AVPA Director and a 3-person subcommittee drawn from the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications. ARE Grants may not be awarded to members of the AVPA Advisory Board.

Award Limit: $7,500


All proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format to AVPA Program Coordinator Cheri Friedman (avpa@tamu.edu). Proposals must include the ARE Grant Cover Sheet, including the appropriate department head signatures. In addition, proposals must include:

  • Abstract: A summary briefly describing the project’s objectives, proposed methodology, and anticipated results in layman’s terms. The abstract should not exceed 150 words and must use Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins. List five key words associated with this proposal.
  • Project Description: A narrative description of up to 3 double-spaced pages using Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins. The project description should include any illustrations, figures, data, or other information and:
    • State the specific objectives of the project. Discuss the research methodologies to be employed as well as the aesthetic frames through which the project will be evaluated. Place this project within the larger context of your creative/scholarly work.
    • Provide background information about the project and discuss its potential impact on the field.
    • Describe the anticipated outcome(s) of the project expected within one year of the award.
    • Applications must demonstrate the capability and credibility of the principal investigator to perform the research. If graduate students are to take part, describe their work’s relevance to their graduate study and the supervision planned for their participation.
  • Investigator Curriculum Vitae: Up to two pages listing recent publications or creative works for all investigators.
  • Current and Pending: List the source, title, date, and amount of relevant internal and external funding support received and pending, as well as for applications submitted but not funded during the previous three years (for all investigators).
  • Budget and Justification: Up to one page, specifically itemizing each budgeted item. Justify each item in the budget in terms of the goals of the project.


The following will be considered by the ARE Grant Subcommittee:

  1. Performance and/as Research: The potential of the proposed project to result in outstanding creative works, performances, or productions; scholarly  research; or performance and production work that combines theory with practice and contributes to an understanding of performance or visual arts as a form of research and analysis.
  2. Impact: The potential for significant scholarly or creative outcomes from the proposed project.  Applicants are required to state the impact of the activity for which they seek support and how/by what metric that impact is to be assessed (series of peer-reviewed articles in major journal;  a book manuscript published by a major academic press; performance, exhibition or installation in nationally prominent venue; recording/publication and national distribution of creative work).
  3. External Funding: The potential of the proposed project to result in further funding from internal or external sources, and to develop a long-term research program.
  4. Budget: The clarity and appropriateness of the proposed budget.
  5. Investigator: The potential and previous qualifications for the proposal applicant(s) to successfully complete the proposed project.

Granting Schedule

There is one granting period per academic year; this is a change from previous years and better reflects the kinds and timing of our grant applications.

  •  Opening date for the submission of proposals: September 15
  • Applications due: November 3
  • Notification of awards and grants: December 1
  • Estimated start date pending any required compliance approval(s): January 15

Budget Information

Applications must include a complete and itemized budget of projected expenses. These expenses may include but are not limited to publication/recording subventions; research-related travel; graduate or undergraduate research assistance; purchase of equipment, materials, and data for the completion of the project; and other normally reimbursable expenses.

Faculty salaries or funds for teaching releases are not included in the ARE Grant. Expenses beyond the amount of the grant will not be reimbursed by AVPA.


Project Period

ARE Grants are awarded each semester and for a maximum of 12 months.  One ninety-day, no-cost extension may be requested.  Any unused funds at the end of the project period will be returned to the AVPA.

Dissemination of project results is expected to be in appropriate scholarly fora, such as applications for external grants, articles in journals, presentations at professional meetings, scholarly books and peer-reviewed creative work, or performance or exhibition in competitive venues. Results of these activities must be summarized in an annual AVPA Final Report, to be publicly available and posted on the AVPA website.

In addition, grant winners will present their research at an annual AVPA Research Symposium, to be held in the Spring term of each year.