Scholarly and Creative Works Subvention Fund

This call is now closed.

Fund Information:

The Office of Research, in partnership with the Schools of Architecture, Humanities, and Music have recently established subvention funds. The Scholarly and Creative Works Subvention Fund fosters the production of scholarly and creative works that enhance the reputation and quality of scholarship across the University. For the purpose of the Creative Ventures Fund, a subvention supports a work such as a book, recording, or exhibit of a faculty member’s scholarship at its advanced stages of development or production. It is important to include the estimated production, performance, or exhibit date for the subvention.

The maximum award sum is $10,000. Cost-sharing with other units is encouraged. Thoughtful and realistic budget proposals are valued in the review process. Full or partial awards will be selected and jointly funded by the Office of Research and the applicant’s School.

No Subvention funds may be used for faculty salary, subcontracts, purchase of equipment, or reducing teaching responsibilities. Proposals with other additional funding sources may be viewed favorably.


Full-time Rice faculty members in the Schools of Architecture, Humanities, and Music are eligible to apply (tenure track faculty will be given priority). Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.

Review process:

The review of proposals will be carried out by the Vice President for Research and Deans of Architecture, Humanities, and Music in the Fall and Spring.

Selection criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. The quality, significance, and potential impact of the project;
2. The contribution the project makes particularly in the following:

  • Raise Rice’s research and scholarship profile;
  • Promote Rice’s interdisciplinary activity;
  • Engage Rice’s various institutes, as appropriate;
  • Raise Rice's global visibility;
  • Engage with diverse external constituencies (e.g., Rice students, Rice alumni, the city of Houston, or others).

How to apply:

Proposals must be submitted using this webform by March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Proposals must include the following in a single PDF document:

  • A single-page description of the scholarly work that includes project scope, publication format, publisher information, and a tentative timeline;
  • A single-page budget indicating how the requested funds will be expended (as well as the identification of other funding resources supporting the request);
  • Documentation for each expense (eg: contract for publications, letters from publishers regarding expenses)
  • A curriculum vitae for each applicant of no more than three pages per CV.