CARI/COEd/ORED Joint Pilot for Arts Research

There is a dynamic interplay between the arts and education that is ripe for research.  Arts-based research methodologies can be utilized to explore problems and issues in education at all levels.  Likewise, educational research methodologies can be brought to bear on questions and concerns in the performing, literary and visual arts.  Finally, the field of arts education is a venue that truly melds the two field of endeavor quite completely.

The Joint Pilot for Arts Research (JPAR), co-sponsored by the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI), the College of Education (COEd), and the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED), will support proposals that integrate the arts and education in order to conduct meaningful investigations of problems and issues in both fields of study. UA Faculty from all colleges who explore education-related topics or use educational research techniques, in collaboration with at least one researcher with a primary area of scholarship or practice in design, fine art, the performing arts, or creative writing, are encouraged to apply for support to carry out rigorous, innovative, and highly significant research. CARI/COEd/ORED are providing a funding pool of $18,000 and expect to make 1-5 awards. Funding will be considered for a wide range of expenses, including travel, equipment, supplies, or a course release (if available). JPAR projects must include investigators from at least two different departments and/or colleges and proposed work should be completed within a 24-month period with a start date of January 1, 2022 (may be adjusted per PI request made to CARI).

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate the integration of disciplines to create new modes of exploration in which all project partners are actively engaged and will make meaningful contributions to the project. Proposals that investigate the role of the arts in issues involving student success, retention and graduation, teaching and learning, arts education pedagogies, and community engagement in PK-12, post-secondary, or informal educational settings are encouraged, as are proposals that investigate problems in the arts through theoretical and methodological lenses from education. Special consideration will be given to projects that could result in future federal or foundation research grant submissions.

Review Process

A JPAR review committee, consisting of UA arts faculty, UA education faculty, representatives of CARI and ORED, and additional ad hoc reviewers as needed in the specific content areas of the application, will focus heavily on the expertise of the individual investigators, the depth of the proposed collaboration, and the potential impact of the research plan. 

Application – Proposal Requirements

Applications for funding should be prepared and submitted as an electronic document. One member of the team must be designated as Principal Investigator and funding will flow through this faculty member’s department. The application should include the following sections:

Project Information Sheet (1 page).  Include:

  1. Title of the proposed project
  2. Names, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations of all project investigators
  3. Electronic signatures of the applicant PI, co-PIs, and the chairs of the applicant PIs’ and Co-PIs’ departments, signifying approval of the proposal (page 1 of the proposal).
  4. Abstract – Specific Aims of the proposed work – This should not exceed 1 page and should be 500 words or less.  It should be suitable for publication or dissemination to the general public. The Specific Aims page should include a brief rationale for the proposal and the role that arts-integration will play in the process. This page should be single-spaced in not less than 12-pitch type.

Proposal – The proposed work should be described (single-spaced; not less than 12-pitch type with 1-inch margins; not to exceed 5 pages; this page limit does not include the Specific Aims page). Keep in mind that the proposal will be evaluated by peers who may not have detailed knowledge of the area; therefore, the proposed work should be described in sufficient detail for faculty colleagues to evaluate its impact, but still be at a level general enough for the non-specialist to appreciate. The proposal should address the following areas:

  1. The purpose of the study
  2. The specific research question(s) or problems(s) to be explored in the project
  3. The need for and significance of the project
  4. A brief review of prior research that supports the need for the proposed project and situates it within the literature and knowledge development particular to the fields of study involved in the project.
  5. Methodology – Conceptual/theoretical framework, research questions, research design, population and sample identification and selection, data collection methods, data analysis methods. This section must include an explanation of how arts research and education research are both necessary and fully-integrated components of the project. Likewise, a clear description of each investigator’s role in carrying out the project must be included.
  6. Plans for disseminating findings
  7. The expertise of the PIs in addressing the research question.
  8. A preliminary timeline for the completion of the project, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2022 and lasting no more than 24 months.

Optional, but encouraged: An additional 1-2 single-spaced pages describing how the JPAR project will fit into the larger timeline of submitting a proposal for a federal/foundation research grant.  The funding source will be identified (e.g. NSF, NEA, NEH, IES, USDOED, specific foundation, etc.), along with relevant Program Announcements (PA), Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA), or Requests for Applications (RFA).  The timeline will include the date of a planned grant submission. 

Application – Budget and Budget Narrative Requirements

In addition to the project narrative described above, the applicants should submit:

  1. A well-specified categorical budget outlining all of the necessary costs of the project.  The total budget is not to exceed $18,000, with smaller project budgets encouraged.  The budget does not need to include any indirect costs and cost sharing/matching is not required.
  2. A detailed, written budget narrative that clearly and fully explains each element of the budget and provides a reasonable explanation of why the expense is necessary in order to carry out the planned project

The budget should be 1 page in length and the narrative may be up to 2 pages long.  Like the proposal, this document should be single-spaced and have 1-inch margins.

Reference List

A reference list (1 page), including key references utilized in the project narrative that help to provide a framework for the question being addressed is expected.


A Biosketch or abbreviated CV – not to exceed 3 pages – is required for each investigator.


The due date for submissions is October 25, 2021. Submissions and questions about the application process should be emailed to CARI Assistant Director, Michelle Bordner at .

Required Deliverables

I. The funded project will produce at least one (1) of the following outcomes:

  1. Submission of a grant application to an external agencies or foundation
  2. Publication of a peer-reviewed article or other publicly available document
  3. Conference presentation(s)
  4. Performance(s)
  5. Exhibition(s)

II. A final report is due 90 days after the end of the award period describing the results of the JPAR project and including information on submitted applications for external funding and/or dissemination of results (not to exceed 3 pages).

III. Presentation of a poster about the project at Faculty Research Day in the final year of funding.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MICHELLE BORDNER AT Applications will be accepted now through October 25th, 2021.

2020 JPAR Awardees