CCCD Offers Materials-Based Research Grant

This year, the Center for Craft Creativity and Design (CCCD) is proud to announce a new, pilot grant initiative that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The Materials-Based Research Grant is an award of up to $15,000 granted to interdisciplinary teams of researchers for an 18-month grant period. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM through focusing on materials and process-based research. The teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g. Material Science, Manufacturing, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Structural Engineering, etc.).

The Goal of the Materials-Based Research Grant is to advance, expand, and support innovative and mutually-beneficial craft-based research in the United States, including:

  • To foster new craft-based approaches to STEM research
  • To support craft practice, experimentation, and applications outside the field of Art
  • To advance innovative research in craft materials (e.g. wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass)
  • To explore the inter-relationship among the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • To foster new interdisciplinary approaches to craft informed materials-based research in the United States


Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to support materials-based research relating to the goals of the program. Proposals are welcome from teams of researchers including one maker and one professional from a STEM discipline.

DEADLINE: Nov. 16, 2016



Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators, and critics. CCCD is the leading national nonprofit working collaboratively across sectors in support of craft education. 

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