CREATIVE ECONOMY and social issues research fund
The University of Massachusetts President's Office is pleased to announce the 2018 Creative Economy and Social Issues Research Fund. This year's announcement, with the attendant change in the Fund's name, heralds additional directions for the Fund.
Originally established in 2007 to complement the President's Science and Technology Fund, then the Creative Economy Initiatives Fund sought to add the cultural and creative resources of the Commonwealth, improve the State's overall quality of life, and raise the University's level of community engagement. As its name implied, the Creative Economy Fund was oriented heavily towards the roles of arts, humanities and other "creative" disciplines.
With the 2018 iteration of the Fund, the President's Office will be adding a new dimension to the original purpose: social issues - describing and addressing current social needs, making or re-making public policy, identifying emerging social problems of importance in the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. The contributions of the arts and humanities remain integral to the Fund, continue to be welcome and embraced and often intersect this new dimension as it is reflected in literary, performative, visual, and social media. But the President's Office also wish to invite colleagues to pursue objects that include social problems, movements, policy dilemmas, and aim - where appropriate - to include a public audience through articles in mass media as well as professional venues important to scholarship.
Creative Economy and Social Issues Fund awards will normally be made in the $10,000 - $30,000 range.