Arts Initiatives Fund

Proposal Timeline for the 2015-2016 academic year:
Proposals are due on or before December 11th, 2015
Awards announced March 2016

Arts Initiatives Fund
Rice University’s Arts Initiatives Fund (AIF) aims to stimulate experimentation and collaboration in creativity and the arts across the entire campus. AIF is an internal funding mechanism that awards competitive grants of between $5,000- $25,000 to Rice faculty. (In extenuating circumstances, grants of up to $35,000 can be considered.) These grants are intended to help faculty members develop new projects focused on creativity and the arts that lead to more lasting partnerships, innovative arts making or teaching environments, cross-disciplinary collaborations, or unusually creative works.

Particular priority will be given to proposals that utilize the new Moody Center for the Arts facility, opening Spring 2016.

Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The contribution the project makes to developing arts experimentation, collaboration, and innovation across

    Rice University campus and/or within Houston;

  2. The quality, significance, and potential impact of the project;
  3. The degree to which the project enriches opportunities for students and faculty to integrate arts making and

    experimentation into university life.

Review Process
A committee of referees assembled by Professor Caroline Levander, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education will review all proposals. This committee will be comprised of faculty from across the university, and they may not be AIF applicants. As needed, the committee will seek the input of the two outside referees that applicants will list in their application materials. Funds awarded will be for academic year 2015-2016. Funds may carry over for a second academic year in extenuating circumstances, but will require prior approval.

How to Apply
Proposals must include the following documents:

1. Project description of no more than four (4) pages, including figures, in no smaller than 12-point type, including the names of two referees;

2. Income and expense budget that indicates how requested funds will be expended and lists other financial or
in-kind resources sought or acquired (budget form is attached);

3. Curriculum vitae for each applicant of no more than three (3) pages

4. Supplementary page listing any current or pending financial awards or grants for each applicant.

Please submit your proposal through this link:

You will receive acknowledgement of your application. If you do not receive acknowledgement by December 15th, please contact

The Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education plans to announce the selected grant recipients in March 2015.