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Collections Engagement Grants for Fall 2021

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library are pleased to announce the Collections Engagement Grants for Fall 2021. This award provides University faculty at any level of their career with funding for innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and creative projects using primary source materials from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Special Collections, following the theme of “Landscape, Land art, and the American West.”


Award Cycle:

  • Open workshop period is from February 1–April 1, 2021.
  • Application deadline for proposals is April 2, 2021. 
  • Awards will be announced May 1, 2021. 
  • Project execution period is from June 1 -  December 15, 2021. 
  • Grant funding must be expended in full by October 31, 2021. 


Awardees will receive $5000 for the award cycle. Research funding is to be used for supplies, equipment, software, computing, research assistants, etc. Grant funds cannot be used for faculty salaries (summer or academic year); travel that is not directly related to project research (e.g., conferences cannot be supported by this grant), funding to purchase society/group memberships, consultants, or office equipment unless specifically justified. Any equipment purchased is property of the University of Utah; the awardee(s) home department shall manage ownership of the equipment after the project period is over according to University regulations. Awardees must agree to the conditions of acceptance.

The Steering Committee strongly encourages applicants to consult with Alana Wolf, collections research curator, UMFA about their project prior to submitting a proposal. Full program details and eligibility requirements can be found HERE.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21