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Faculty Minor Grants

Faculty Minor Grants

These highly competitive grants support specific projects that will enhance the national and international prominence of the arts at UCSC and increase the quality and vitality of research or creative work in theory, scholarship, and/or practice in the arts.​ Proposals will be accepted from individual ladder faculty members in the Arts Division. Faculty who receive an individual Major Project Grant will not be awarded a Minor Grant in the same academic year. Individuals who participate in a collaborative Major Project Grant may receive a Minor grant as well.

Grant Size
Minor grants are limited to a maximum of $3000 a year per faculty member. Since the total funding to the Division is not large and the number of ladder faculty members increases each year, faculty are urged to apply only for the amount of support needed. The application form will direct faculty to detail specific expenses. Some proposals may receive partial support. (Total funding in this category is approximately $40,000 for the entire Arts Division.)

Evaluation Criteria
The ARI Executive Committee distributes Minor grant funds widely. As the number of faculty in the division increases, however, the Committee may not be able to fund all proposals or may need to fund some proposals at less than the requested level. Faculty should provide detailed budgets and carefully justify all expenses. Support will be given for specific research/creative projects in any of the arts; the ARI does not support teaching activities. In the project description on the application form, the applicant should detail the specific anticipated outcome of the grant and should specify how the proposed project relates to the overall direction of his/her research and productivity. The committee will consider the quality of the proposal and its potential contribution to the field, as well as the faculty member's record of publication, exhibition, production, or other creative work.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants for ARI funding must have applied for COR funding
  • Researchers may not apply for more than one Major Project grant at a time, as the Committee weighs feasibility of completion among its criteria for funding
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the committee. 
  • Funding will not be carried over after the one year limit. Any unspent funds will automatically revert to the ARI.​

Grant Timeline:

  • 2021-22 Application Opens: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • 2021-22 Application Deadline: Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Individuals will be informed about funding in late May and ​grants commence July 1, 2021.