FRFAF Grants & Microgrants

The Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier

“Mighty Oaks from little Acorns grow.” — Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia (1732).

The STUDIO administers the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier (FRFAF): an endowment to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, students and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines. The Frank-Ratchye Fund supports between twenty to forty projects per year through a combination of full grants and Microgrants. Any faculty, student or staff person actively affiliated with Carnegie Mellon is eligible to apply, regardless of their home department. FRFAF Funding is available through two funding programs:

FRFAF ‘Full’ Grants ($1,000 or $2,000)

The FRFAF program awards multiple ‘Full’ grants of $1000 or $2000 four times during the school year. Funding awards are decided by a five-member jury comprised of the STUDIO Director, the Head of the School of Art, and three rotating jury members. For funding deadlines, please refer to our Funding Policies and Proposal Guidelines page.

FRFAF Microgrants ($500)

Microgrants are made available to assist projects that require modest support, and which arise between scheduled cycles for major funding. The FRFAF Microgrant program exists to spur investigations at their earliest and most fragile state, enabling “rapid-response research”. Unlike ‘Full’ Grants, these grants are available on a rolling basis within each semester while funding remains. Please check our Funding Policies and Proposal Guidelines page for the status of available funds.

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