All Disciplines Grant USC

USC Collaboration Fund

Deadline: April 5, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: USC Office of the Provost

Description: Supports research collaborations among faculty and students working on interdisciplinary societally-relevant research topics, such as pandemic-related topics, equity and inclusion, climate change, neuroscience, mindfulness and behavioral science, digital humanities, and climate change, among many others. The aim of these awards is not to fund specific research projects, but rather to support teams of faculty who aim to establish or foster a community of scholars at USC organized around a broad topic of shared interest. Proposals are sought that creatively overcome current pandemic limitations on travel and in-person meetings, proposing new and engaging ways to bring people together with activities that develop the impact of the collaborative group. Proposed activities should establish the foundation for members of the collaborative group to create new research projects as well as contribute to strengthening the individual research programs of its members and others as USC. Encouraged activities include an educational component, providing students an opportunity to not only participate but assist in the design and organization of events. See website for full RFP.

Award: Collaboration Fund Grants provide up to $30,000/year; awards will be made for a three-year period, subject to an annual progress review and activity plan, and continued availability of funding. At the end of three years, collaborations may reapply, on a competitive basis, for an additional three years of funding.  

Eligibility: Awards under this program are made through a competitive process, based on proposals submitted by a team of faculty investigators whose primary appointments are in different schools (at least two). The collaboration should engage a large number (normally 10 or more) of participating faculty. In addition to the representation from two schools at USC, team of faculty may include key collaborators from non-USC organizations or institutes with which the group will interact.

Deadline: 5 pm PT, April 5, 2021

Building Science Competition External Uncategorized

E-ROBOT (Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies) Prize

Deadline: May 12, 2021 2:00 pm

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory; U.S. Department of Energy

Description: The E-ROBOT Prize is designed to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost, and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer, and more accessible for workers. Competitors participate in two phases that will fast-track efforts to identify, develop, and validate disruptive solutions to meet building industry needs. Phase 1 – Concept and Design: In this phase, teams are expected to present an innovative idea that solves a known industry problem for building envelope retrofits. This phase focuses on proving that the solution solves a critical building envelope need, developing a concept and design, and forming a team capable of achieving success. Up to 10 Phase 1 winners will win $200,000 and will then be eligible to compete in Phase 2. Phase 2 – Build and Validate: Winning competitors from Phase 1 will take their individual components add the other required functionality to create a holistic, and “turnkey,” integrated product offering. In Phase 2, up to four winners will win $500,000.

Award: Phase 1: $200,000 per winning team (up to 10); Phase 2: $500,000 per winning team (up to 4)

Eligibility: Competitors are entrepreneurial individuals or teams legally residing or based in the United States. Competitors can be individuals of one or multiple organizations, students, university faculty members, small business owners, researchers, or anyone with the desire and drive to transform an idea into an impactful solution.

Deadline: 5 pm ET, May 12, 2021

Architecture Competition External

Architecture + Utopia

Deadline: April 9, 2021 2:59 pm

Source: Henning Larsen Foundation

Description: The aim of this open, international competition is to request ideas and images that can revitalize the utopia of architecture. Ideas that, with artistic and poetic power, can inspire a new dimension and a new quality in architecture are sought. The task: Describe in sketches and few words a Utopia, a dream or mood with descents in spatial, architectural particulars. Contributions are to be made in drawing / photo or any pictorial technique including short illuminating texts in either Danish or English. Analyses and theses are not asked for. See website for full details/guidelines. 

Award: The prize money of 14,000 Euros will be awarded to the best proposal or proposals, distributed at the discretion of the evaluation committee.

Eligibility: Previously published material will be rejected. Entries from relatives or partners to any of the jurors will not be accepted. 

Deadline: 11:59 pm CET, April 9, 2021

Architecture Building Science Design External Fellowship Landscape Architecture

Griffin/McKahan/Zilm (GMZ) Fellowship in Health Facility Planning & Design

Deadline: April 23, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation

Description: This fellowship was established by three leaders in healthcare planning through the AAH Foundation Legacy fund. Goals of this fellowship include to encourage research into healthcare programming and planning as well as into the general practice of healthcare architecture. See website for more info.

Award: Fellowship award(s) range from $2,000 – $9,000.

Eligibility: All applicants shall be enrolled or teaching in a program within disciplines such as architecture, interior design, industrial design and/or landscape architecture. 

Deadline: April 23, 2021

Architecture Design External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory Landscape Architecture

SPAM Publication Grant

Deadline: March 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Society for the Preservation of American Modernists (SPAM)

Description: Through an annual series of Publication Grants, SPAM supports the authorship of articles or books by independent scholars, writers, students, and professionals in the following subject areas: the artistic contributions of the American modernists, and the history of public and private support for the arts in the United States. Publication Grants are intended to encourage non-academics to do original research, and to encourage academics to make their research accessible to the public. SPAM will include the work—published or unpublished—in all SPAM research archives and databases. 

Award: Grants average $1,200.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from all individuals, but applicants with a clear and realistic publication plan will be favored by the selection committee.

Deadline: Applications must be received by March 15.

All Disciplines External Grant

Reimagining Multilateralism

Deadline: March 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Carnegie Corporation of New York

Description: From pandemics and climate change, to disruptive technologies and other emerging risks, it is a truism that most of today’s global threats cannot be addressed effectively without collective action. The failure of international responses to COVID-19 is only the most recent and dramatic example of the inability of long-standing cooperative mechanisms and institutions to withstand the pressures of nationalism, protectionism, and broader structural and systemic deficiencies. As the nature of security in the 21st century continues to evolve, there is a need to reimagine existing multilateral approaches to critical transnational challenges. 

Carnegie Corporation of New York invites projects that provide insights and practical approaches for addressing one or more of the following questions: How might the system of international institutions be reimagined and/or reinvigorated to better respond to 21st-century security challenges, including those that threaten global health, climate, privacy, and civic well-being? What are the pros/cons/utility of different forms of multilateralism for different purposes (e.g. formal vs. informal, small vs. large, narrow vs. broad, regional vs. global, like-minded vs. mixed, major powers only vs. a broader set of powers)? How might critical, yet underappreciated, flashpoints (geographic, economic, technological, etc.) be managed through multilateral approaches? Could these approaches be applied more broadly? See website for full list.

Award: Grants offered in two categories: up to $200,000 and $200,000-500,000. Projects may run up to 24 months. 

Eligibility: U.S.-based think-tanks, university centers, and independent nongovernmental organizations are eligible to apply, though they are strongly encouraged to have international partners. Proposals must be submitted by an organization; individual researchers working on their own projects are not eligible for consideration. Please note that there is one application allowed per center at USC. See website for full eligibility requirements.  

Deadline: Initial concept notes due by March 15.

All Disciplines Award External

S+T+ARTS Prize ’21

Deadline: March 3, 2021 12:00 am

Source: European Commission; Ars Electronica; BOZAR; Waag; INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and Frankfurter Buchmesse

Description: STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice. As part of this initiative, the STARTS Prize awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. Two prizes are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts: one for artistic exploration, and thus projects with the potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and one for innovative collaboration between industry/technology and art/culture in ways that open up new paths for innovation. The Grand Prize – Artistic Exploration is awarded for artistic exploration and art works where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology. The Grand Prize – Innovative Collaboration is awarded for innovative collaboration between industry or technology and the arts that opens new pathways for innovation.

Award: Two prizes of €20,000 each

Eligibility: Artists / creative professionals or the researchers / companies involved from throughout the world; STARTS is not limited to citizens of EU-member states.

Deadline(s): March 3, 2021

All Disciplines Award External

Creative Capital Awards

Deadline: March 1, 2021 1:00 pm

Source: Creative Capital Foundation

Description: Supports artists across all disciplines and their projects through funding, professional development, and resources, including legal/financial/marketing consultations, retreats, and coaching. 

Award: Up to $50,000 in project funding, counsel, and career development services.

Eligibility: Open to artists, collectives, and collaborations working in all disciplines. Artist must be: at least 25 years old at time of application; a working artist with at least five years of professional experience; and a U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, or an O-1 visa holder. Applicant cannot be an institution; enrolled as a full-time student; or a Creative Capital Awardee. See website for more info.

Deadline: 4 pm ET, March 1, 2021

Grant History / Theory USC

EMSI Research Funds

Source: USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

Description: USC-Huntington EMSI provides research funds in support of advanced scholarship relating to the period from c. 1450 to c. 1850. USC faculty and graduate students interested in applying for EMSI research funds should submit a one-page proposal, a detailed budget, and one-page CV to

Award: unspecified

Eligibility: Open to USC faculty and graduate students whose work relates to the period from c. 1450 to c. 1850.

Deadline: rolling

Architecture Design External Fellowship Residency

MacDowell Fellowship

Deadline: April 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: MacDowell

Description: MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. 

Award: A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

Eligibility: Applications accepted from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Emerging & established artists welcome to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply. Artists may apply only once every 24 months. 

Deadline: For Fall 2021, accepting applications Feb. 15-April 15, 2021. See website for additional dates.