CCCD Announces New Materials-Based Research Grant Opportunity
Grants up to $15,000 available for collaborative research in arts and sciences
ASHEVILLE, NC – The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is proud to announce a new, pilot grant initiative that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The Materials-Based Research Grant is an award of up to $15,000 granted to interdisciplinary teams of researchers for an 18-month grant period. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM through focusing on materials and process-based research. The teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g. Material Science, Manufacturing, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Structural Engineering, etc.). This may include academics, researchers, scientists, full-time makers, or other skilled specialists.
“Craft has been a key force in innovation since even before the Industrial Revolution,” says CCCD Executive Director Stephanie Moore. “The Materials-Based Research Grant carries this important legacy into the 21st century, asking: what does craft practice, experimentation, and application look like outside the field of Art.”
Encouraging cross-disciplinarily between craft and other fields is a particular focus of CCCD and is explored throughout its various programmatic platforms. Since 2005, CCCD’s Craft Research Fund Grants have supported cross-disciplinary approaches to craft scholarship. In addition, past exhibitions have addressed the intersections of craft and sound, digital technology, design, social justice, and community engagement. The Materials-Based Research Grant continues to extend CCCD’s focus on craft’s relevance to other disciplines. A 2018 exhibition on materials-based research is planned for CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop and will include both awarded projects.
Grant guidelines and applications are available at craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:59 pm EST. Recipients will be notified, grants will publicly announced, and projects will begin in March 2017.
The Materials-Based Research Grant program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.