The mission of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design at the University of North Carolina is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development. CCCD's programs strive to support the best examples of research and practice in the field.
Since 2005, the center’s Craft Research Fund grant program has worked to advance research about craft in the United States. The program supports innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, and new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field.
The fund offers three types of grants: Project, Research, ad Graduate Research grants.
1) Project Grants: Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded in support of research, writing, support documentation, images, or image rights as part of the research to be completed.
2) Exhibition Research Grants: Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to support exhibition research relating to the goals of the Craft Research Fund.
3) Graduate Research Grants: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of research related to a master's thesis focused on U.S. studio craft by students enrolled in graduate programs in any accredited college or university. (Deadline: September 28, 2018)
Proposals are welcome from curators, researchers, independent scholars, and graduate students. Applicants must be a citizen of the U.S., in the process of applying for citizenship, or have a U.S. Social Security number.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design website.