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Collaboration Development Grants are offered to faculty members who wish to collaborate on new artistic work with artists or faculty members in their own or different disciplines. Grant applications are evaluated once each semester by a subcommittee of the Council for the Arts, who propose the results to the full Council. Grants are awarded by the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts upon the Council’s recommendation.


This grant provides funding to bring collaborators together to plan and/or produce an artistic project of high quality that enhances the professional standing of the participating artists. Applications for grants to plan a larger-scale project as well as applications to produce/present a completed project are eligible.

Each grant will be no more than $3,000 and may be used to cover costs for travel to, i.e., see comparable work by other artists, bring collaborating artists together for project development, or visit facilities that are equipped for the kind of work proposed in the project. It may also be used to cover the cost of materials to develop a test project. Please note that this grant does not provide funding for honoraria and salaries.

The grant period lasts one year from the time of the award.


  • A Collaboration Development Grant supports collaborative projects between artists.
  • The Project Leader for the collaboration can be a regular rank faculty member at Duke (i.e., Professor of the Practice or Tenure track artists and scholars), or non-regular rank faculty who has taught three or more courses a year for three years and who will continue to serve in this capacity for the duration of the grant period.
  • Collaborators may include any Duke faculty and instructional staff as well as professional artists inside and outside of Duke.

Note: Honoraria and salaries are ineligible for funding through Collaboration Development Grants.

Selection Criteria

The Council for the Arts will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:

  1. The significance of the proposed project. Does the collaboration address important artistic issues? Will the project make an important contribution to a particular genre, or will it help define a new artistic genre and practice? Are other presenting organizations interested in the project?
  2. Suitability of the project for the participating artists. Are the artists capable of doing the work they propose? Will they need additional support or training from other experts to complete the project?
  3. Appropriateness of the budget and timeline. Have the artists anticipated all of the expenses and are these expenses legitimate? Is the timeline for completing the work realistic?
  4. Professional benefits for the participating artists. Will the project enhance the professional standing of the artists and will the project open the doors for other important professional opportunities for the artists?
  5. Other benefits growing out of the collaboration. These may include the appeal of the project to Duke students, the potential for new courses, the potential for outreach to the Durham community, and/or enhanced national reputation of arts Departments and Programs.

How to Apply

The proposal should be submitted by the Project Leader and include the following:

  1. Names and affiliations of the collaborators.
  2. A narrative of no more than three pages including a description of the project, justification for support requested, and the desired outcomes of the development period (e.g., new skills acquired, small-scale proof of concept projects, participation in professional workshops related to the project, etc.).
  3. Budget (not to exceed $3,000; this should be submitted in addition to the three page proposal description). Allowable expenses include travel for site visits, equipment and materials to develop projects, and fees for courses and conferences that offer training in a new technology or medium that will contribute to the project. Requests for honoraria and salary support are not allowed.
  4. Proposals should be submitted in one pdf that includes the names and affiliations of collaborators, the narrative (three pages maximum), and budget.
  5. Applicants who would like to submit supplemental material are encouraged to do so through a website (Flickr, YouTube, their own site, etc.).

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Council for the Arts, c/o Danette Clark,