Center for Immersive Media

Grants In Support of Research & Innovation in Emerging and Immersive Media

Up to $25,000

The Corzo Center, in collaboration with the President and Provosts offices, has created an Investment Fund & Faculty Incubator designed to encourage creative research and innovation in immersive media and related artistic and entrepreneurial practice.

See each tab below for criteria and how to apply

The University’s new Center for Immersive Media (CIM) provides our community with a new laboratory for exploration of the opportunities and implications of what it means for ourselves to be immersed in data, simulations, stories, performances and digital communities. The Center is dedicated to collaborative exploration in the fields of virtual and mixed reality, mediated performance, motion-capture and human-computer interaction and how they can be applied within and across disciplines.

Strongest consideration for funding will be given to ideas that are cross-disciplinary, with collaboration between faculty and programs or institutions and businesses outside the University, and with potential for effectively leveraging facilities and resources of the Center for Immersive Media. Proposals should represent innovative approaches to creative practice or curriculum and contribute to expanding public awareness of the work of faculty and the University. They should also reflect market and audience awareness, demonstrating an understanding of how the proposed undertaking will have appeal.

sUBMIT AN IDEA BY AUGUST 23, 2019, 5:00 PM

Submit a short description (no more than 500 words) of your idea.  It should include what you want to do, why you want to do it, the impact you believe it will have, and the total projected amount you’ll be requesting with a tentative breakdown of expenses.  Submit the statement as a PDF document to with the subject line including “Investment Fund” and the applicant’s name.

If there are questions about your preliminary proposal, a one-on-one meeting will be scheduled to talk with you.  If you would like to receive feedback before submitting your idea, write Alan Price, director of the Center for Immersive Media at

Proposals of interest will receive consultation prior to invitations to submit final proposals juried by a cross-disciplinary panel of faculty representatives and external jurors.


Full proposals will be reviewed by a panel drawn from the University as well as from outside of it. In some cases, finalists may be asked to meet with the review panel to discuss their proposals, or may be presented with questions to address in writing. All proposals will receive a summary of the review results.

Invited submissions should include the following documents, combined as a single PDF:

  • Cover page with title and summary of project proposal (300 words max).
  • Statement of Intent (five pages max, see criteria tab on this page).
  • List of collaborators.
  • Budget breakdown.
  • List of any additional sources of support or funding being applied for.
  • Curriculum Vitae of applicant and collaborators.
  • Letters from collaborators exhibiting support and familiarity with the proposal.
  • Letters from department heads or program directors exhibiting support and familiarity with the proposal.

Submissions that omit any of the above materials should be accompanied by written justification for its exclusion.


  • Outcomes. Are the goals and creative inquiry for the proposal well defined?
  • Impact. Beyond its impact on the applicant, are there benefits to the University?  To the community beyond the University and to the applicant’s field? 
  • Target Audience. Does the proposal clearly define its target audience?  And why will it appeal to that audience? 
  • Timeline.  Is the timeframe proposed realistic?   Has the application described the stages of work to be done and the work that will be accomplished at each stage?
  • Measuring Success. Does the proposal presents a realistic set of measurable milestones and a scheme to measure or assess the work being done?  
  • Innovation & Cross-Disciplinary. Is the proposal innovative and does it reflect cross-disciplinary potential?
  • Realistic Budget. Does the proposal reflect an understanding of the equipment, resources, and real costs needed to carry out specific milestones and does it indicate other sources of support (money or resources) that might be needed to support the proposal?  (Does it indicate any other sources of funding?)
  • Expertise and Background. Does the proposal reflect an awareness of previous work in the area that can be used to inform the proposed work?  Does the applicant bring to the work sufficient experience to be able to accomplish the proposed goals in the time allotted?  Does the proposal include partners (from other disciplines or other institutions) who bring different perspectives and expertise to the work?  


  • Impact on the University Curriculum.  Does the idea promise a defined impact on the University’s curriculum?
  • Sustainability. Does the proposal present a strategy that shows how the project might be self-sustaining, and does it define “the next step” to be taken after the grant is completed?
  • Adaptability.  Does it appear that the applicant can accept and internalize recommendations and coaching from an ongoing process of review?
  • Student Associate/Assistant.   Has the applicant identified a student assistant[s] and made clear their role and competence?

In General.  In evaluating a proposal, the review panel will not necessarily approve a proposal based on the likelihood of “success,” but rather on the “vision” implied by the idea, the kind of commitment reflected by the proposal and the application, and the perceived value of the idea to the University community if it were developed.

Applications are open to all full and part time faculty with at least two semesters of teaching at UArts in the past year, and may include additional faculty, staff, and students as collaborators. Grant recipients have up to two years for completion of the proposed work, contingent upon continued employment at the university. The term of a grant can be up to two years from the date of acceptance. Recipients will be required to submit quarterly progress reports as well as a final summary of the project and measurable outcomes.

Limits on Funding.  When appropriate, the grant monies may be used to purchase equipment but all equipment will remain the property of the University unless arrangements have been made to purchase the equipment at fair market value.  Grant monies cannot be used to reimburse the principals for their time or effort nor to cover meals. Funds can be used to cover honoraria for technical consultants who are not UArts employees.

Intellectual Property. The work produced through this program will be governed by the University’s Intellectual Property Policy

Agreement.  All grantees will be required to sign an agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the award, which will include a time table for allocation of funds, required deliverables, agreement to recognize the University, the Center for Immersive Media, and the Corzo Center  in any subsequent publication or promotion, and sign-off on the terms of intellectual property ownership.

Payment. Normally, the grant will be dispersed in four allotments – one-fourth with a signed grant agreement; one-fourth after receipt of a quarterly report and the agreed on deliverables; one-fourth after receipt of a mid-term report and the agreed on deliverables; and the balance after all work is completed.