The UCLA Chancellor's Arts Initiative Frequently Asked Questions


Will the Chancellor's Arts Initiative program continue in future years?

It is intended that the Chancellor's Arts Initiative will continue in future years. 


If I have current funding through other ORCA seed funding mechanisms (e.g., Transdisciplinary Research Acceleration Grants or Racial and and Social Justice seed grants), may I apply for funding through the Chancellor's Arts Initiative?

Yes, but PIs or co-PIs currently funded by other ORCA seed funding mechanisms may not apply for funding for the same project. However, they may apply for funding for a different project.


If I have received funding through the Chancellor's Arts Initiative previously, may I apply again?

Yes. Although preference will be given to proposals from faculty not previously funded through this program, prior recipients of funding through the Chancellor’s Arts Initiative may apply for a new project, provided they do not have an active award through the program.


The activities I'm proposing may extend beyond the end of the funding period (June 30, 2023). Can I still apply for funding through this cycle of the program?

Yes, you can apply for funding through this cycle of the program. However, you will need to expend the funds by the June 30, 2023 deadline.


For the budget, are payments to non-UCLA affiliated collaborators permitted?

The allowable expenses include travel, accommodations, and honoraria for campus visitors/project collaborators. However, please keep in mind that, if proposals involve compensating non-UCLA affiliated personnel, then an explanation of why this expertise or service is critical for the success of the project must be included in the project narrative.


If there are multiple Co-PIs from different UCLA departments, does that affect the total amount of funding that can be requested?

Per the program guidelines, grants will be in the $5k-$15k range, with most awards made in the amount of $10k. This is independent of the number of co-PIs or collaborators. If the project requires funding beyond the $15k maximum in order to be feasible, the proposal should indicate how any required additional funding has been/will be obtained.


Is there any information or guidance about the review criterion related to public awareness of the arts at UCLA?

The committee recognizes that different projects will have different scales of public engagement, and no one model will be applied to evaluate all projects.