OSP FO# 11-142

AGENCY: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

PROGRAM: The Arts in Media

OBJECTIVES: Through this program, the NEA seeks to make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through every available media platform including television, radio, the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, and satellite. The goal of the NEA is to strengthen the creativity of our nation by increasing the accessibility and impact of the arts.

The NEA has established four outcomes for its funding activities:

  • Creation: The portfolio of American art is expanded.
  • Engagement: Americans throughout the nation experience art.
  • Learning: Americans of all ages acquire knowledge or skills in the arts.
  • Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.

The Arts in Media program focuses on the Engagement outcome and supports projects with the goal of providing direct experiences with the arts, including media arts, for the public.

The Arts in Media program supports the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including film, audio, animation, and digital art) and media projects that can be considered works of art. Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives); media created for theatrical release; performance programs; artistic segments for use within an existing series; multi-part webisodes; installations; and interactive games.

Internal BU Deadline: August 1, 2011
Application Deadline: September 1, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Awards generally range from $10,000 to $200,000, based on the platform and the complexity and scope of the project. In rare instances, the Arts Endowment may recommend an award over $200,000 for a project of major significance and impact. Generally, a grant period of up to three years is allowed.

All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1.

AGENCY CONTACT: Please visit the NEA website at http://www.nea.gov/Grants/apply/AIM/index.html for contact information for the appropriate program officer.

REMARKS: An internal deadline has been established to coordinate institutional cost-sharing commitments for this program. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, August 1, 2011. In the memorandum, (1) briefly describe the proposed project, (2) list key participating faculty, (3) itemize all cost-sharing commitments being requested from the University, within the context of a fully developed project budget, and (4) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for NEH funding. The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, if a commitment of Provost funds is required, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Provost’s Office for authorization. PIs will then be advised of authorized institutional cost-sharing commitments in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review. PIs are encouraged to consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for assistance with the preparation of the project budget.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 45.024) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.