The Arts Advancement Committee, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research, is currently accepting applications for Creative Matches grants.  Building on the inspiration of the Creative Matters Lecture Series, the Creative Matches program seeks to connect artists and scientists in collaborative projects.

Request for Proposals

Creative Matches funding will support the collaboration between scientists and artists leading to interdisciplinary, innovative work that bring together scientific and artistic modes of inquiry, experimentation, and expression. Results of the collaborations may take many forms, using as a point of departure scientific methodologies or findings, on the one hand, or art making and the creative process on the other.

These projects may yield new representations of scientific methods or results that are original and inspired artistic works. The creative works should be compelling forms of artistic expression that include scientific or engineering elements in new or innovative ways that can engage audiences, including the broader public, both artistically and scientifically.

Proposed projects must include partners from at least one arts discipline and at least one science, biomedical or engineering discipline.

We anticipate awarding up to five grants between $1,000 -$10,000 under the program.

The application deadline is December 30, 2018.


Creative Matches




Eligible PI(s) are UI personnel who are tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical track faculty, research faculty, instructional faculty, and other staff members for whom research, scholarship, and/or creative work are assigned as one of their primary job responsibilities. The PI(s) must have at least a 50% university appointment during the academic year of the project. Co-PIs are allowed.

Other team members may have a part-time appointment. Creative teams must include at least one collaborator from an arts discipline and one collaborator from a science, biomedical, or engineering discipline.


Selection Process

The Creative Matters Committee will make funding recommendations to the Arts Advancement committee.  Selection criteria are:

  • Level of collaboration
  • Audience engagement
  • Anticipated excellence
  • Innovation
  • Potential for further development
  • Feasibility


Deadline and Submission

The deadline for proposals is 11:59pm on December 30, 2018. Proposals should be emailed to


Proposal Guidelines

Proposals must contain the following:

  • Project Narrative (3 pages maximum): The project narrative should address the selection criteria outlined in the Selection Process section above.
  • Budget, budget justification and timeline:  The budget and justification must outline how funds will be expended and why they are needed during the grant period. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2019. The notices of award will be issued in early January 2018. Please note that salary for the PI(s) is not an allowable expense.

UPDATE: The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates will provide a one-to-one match up to $3,000 to support undergraduate students on these projects. For example, an awarded project that includes $1,000 for a student researcher in their budget will receive an additional $1,000 from the Iowa Center for Undergraduates (up to $3,000).

  •  CV or biosketch for all key personnel


Individuals who are interested in viewing a copy of a successful Creative Matches proposal, or who are seeking collaborators outside of their discipline, may contact Leslie Revaux (