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2017 Application Deadlines Announced

New application deadlines for Annual Awards and U of MN Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair have been posted.

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2016 Imagine Fund Annual Awards recipients announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. There were 109 awards representing research in the arts, design, and the humanities announced in March 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year.

View the full list of Annual Awards recipients »

New Application Deadlines Posted

New application deadlines for Annual Awards and U of MN Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair have been posted.

  • Annual Faculty Awards:
    Application deadline Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.
  • Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair:
    Call for Collaborators deadline Monday, February 15, 2016
    Application deadline Monday, March 21, 2016

2015 Annual Award and Special Events Grant recipients announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. There were 107 awards representing research in the arts, design, and the humanities announced in February 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year. View the full list of Annual Awards recipients »

Congratulations to the 2015 Imagine Fund Special Event Award recipients. The proposals were funded in March 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year. View the full list of Special Event award recipients »

Applications due Feb. 2 for 2015-17 Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair

Applications are invited from UMN faculty by February 2, 2015 for the University Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair for 2015-17. The recipient of this two-year chair receives up to $70,000 to work with a team of faculty, staff, and students to create a program of activities for the University community and the community at large. The goal of these projects is to incite cross-departmental, multi-campus, and collaborative work that galvanizes sustained intellectual dialogue around a particular academic theme. The chair is one of two such chairs established by the Provost as part of the Imagine Fund. Read more ...

Applications under review for Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Awards, Special Events Grants

Applications from faculty are under review for 2015-16 Special Events Grants and for Annual Faculty Awards, two Imagine Fund programs supporting U of M faculty research in the arts, humanities, and design. The application period closed December 1 for Special Events grants and October 27 for the annual Faculty Awards.

The Imagine Fund will award up to 120 Annual Awards and up to 20 Special Events Grants to support projects during the 2015-16 academic year.   Read more ...

Announcing 2014-15 Imagine Fund Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. There were 119 awards representing research in the arts, design, and the humanities announced in January 2014 for the 2014-15 academic year. View the full list of Annual Awards recipients »

Congratulations to the 2014 Imagine Fund Special Event Award recipients. Thirteen proposals were funded in February 2014 for the 2014-15 academic year. View the full list of Special Event award recipients »

Announcing the 2013 Annual Awards and Special Events Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. 131 awards representing $655,000 in support for research in the arts, design, and the humanities were awarded in January, 2013 for the 2013 academic year. In addition, 12 Special Events Awards, which represent $104,000, were accepted for 2013.   Read more ...

View the full lists of winning Annual Awards and Special Events proposals.

University artist’s memorial urn enters National September 11 Museum collection

[Photo: Closeup of urn showing engraved names.]

Tom Lane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Ceramic Area and a master mold maker who specializes in casting large porcelain vessels. 9/11 Memorial Urn is part of his ongoing research into conflict and loss.  Read more ...

Announcing the 2011 Imagine Fund Annual Award winners

We are proud to announce the recipients and proposals that were accepted for the 2011 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. 151 awards representing $755,000 in support for research in the arts, design, and the humanities were awarded in December, 2010, for the 2011 academic year.

View the list of winning proposals for 2011 or read the full news release.

Announcing the 2010 Imagine Fund Annual Award winners

We are proud to announce the recipients and proposals that were accepted for the 2010 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. 182 awards representing $728,000 in support for research in the arts, design, and the humanities were made in 2010.

View the list of winning proposals for 2010

“Imagine That”: MINNESOTA magazine features Imagine Fund winners

In the Spring 2010 issue of MINNESOTA magazine, Meleah Maynard describes several projects that benefited from Imagine Fund support. Read the full story: “Imagine That: Supporting research in literature and languages, art and architecture, music, ethnic studies, and more is a University of Minnesota priority.”

Imagine Fund awardees featured

UMNews’ “Images of imagination” article features four Imagine Fund awardees.