Major Project Initiative Grants
The American Society for Aesthetics offers grants to support projects that promote goals of the Society. These goals include, but are not limited to: promoting research in aesthetics and the philosophy of art by members of the ASA; attracting students, graduates, and junior faculty to work in the fields of aesthetics and the philosophy of art; building diversity and inclusiveness in these fields; raising the profile of aesthetics and the philosophy of art within the profession of philosophy; collaborating with academic societies of aesthetics in other countries; fostering common interests with philosophers who work in other areas; and building bridges with academics and practitioners whose work is art-relevant. While we will consider proposals with larger budgets if they promise to promote a significant number of these goals, we also encourage proposals with lesser budgets that would further a more limited number of these goals.
Commencing in November 2015, proposals for projects outside North America must demonstrate international scope and a high potential for significant impact on the research or teaching of aesthetics scholars in North America.Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their promise to achieve their stated goals and the goals of the Society. Preference may be given to proposals that aid junior members. The amount available for funding projects will vary from year to year and will be included in the annual budget of the American Society for Aesthetics approved each year. At its discretion, the Board of Trustees may elect not to expend all of the funds appropriated for a specific year, to carry funds over from one year to the next, or to appropriate additional funds, if available, for especially worthwhile projects.
The ASA supports the goals of the Gendered Conference Campaign (GCC). In making decisions regarding use of ASA funds to support conferences and other public events, the ASA will give preference to those that take concrete steps to support the GCC, as evidenced by the recruitment and participation of women and members of other historically-underrepresented and excluded groups. Specific suggestions on how to support the GCC are outlined at the GCC web site and at the BPA web site.
Draft applications may be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer at any time for consideration by the Board of Trustees. Applications will be considered in the order received, but at least three months must be allowed for consideration. Applicants can apply for funding for a period of anything up to a year, and should specify in their applications the beginning and end dates of the period for which they are applying. A longer time-line might be approved if circumstances warrant. Initial applications should briefly specify
(1) the project's title,
(2) the project’s goals and how they bear upon the more general goals of the Society as illustrated above,
(3) predicted outcomes of the project,
(4) its intended structure (who, when, where, methods of advertising and selection, format),
(5) a rough assessment of its forecast budget (including, where appropriate, sources of additional funding), and
(6) any other relevant information. Additional information and an expanded budget may be requested if appropriate.
Funds for approved projects will be sent as they are needed upon presentation of invoices or receipts. A detailed report on the project must be provided to the Trustees within three months of the project’s completion. This report should include any outstanding receipts for funds received, should clearly indicate how the funds awarded by the Society were spent, and should report the extent to which the projected outputs were achieved.
We look forward to receiving your responses to this initiative. If you have any further queries please contact the Secretary-Treasurer, Julie Van Camp, American Society for Aesthetics, 1550 Larimer St. #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of grants awarded by the ASA in recent years
Updated March 02, 2016