Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)


Isabelle Wallace, Associate Professor of Art History, Lamar Dodd School of Art


a2ru is a partnership of more than 30 institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines.  UGA’s membership in a2ru is made possible by the UGA Arts Council, the Office of the Provost, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) through the Willson Center.

a2ru’s research has a new hub on the web, which provides details on organization, next-generation collaborative infrastructure, and a dynamic home for work produced.

The a2ru/Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster partners with departments, initiatives, and programs in supporting extraordinary contributions to arts-oriented research at UGA.

The goals of the a2ru Faculty Research Cluster include administering support and increasing external funding for UGA faculty engaged in arts-oriented research, increasing the visibility and understanding of arts-oriented research, establishing a community of faculty and institutions involved with arts-oriented research, securing UGA’s reputation as a leader in arts-oriented research, and supporting curricular initiatives that promote arts-oriented research and interdisciplinarity.

The a2ru Faculty Research Cluster is accepting proposals from full-time, research-budgeted faculty whose projects have the potential to further UGA’s reputation as a leader in arts-based research. Projects may be creative or scholarly in form, and they may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary in scope. Grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000 and are intended to advance research projects with an eye toward external funding.

A one-page proposal describing the project and its significance should be sent, along with an attached budget, to the Willson Center ( Proposals should identify at least one possible external source of funding. Applications will be reviewed by a representative panel of faculty in the arts. Successful applicants will be required to submit at least one external grant proposal within a year of receiving funding. The Willson Center will provide assistance in proposal review and preparation.

Please contact Dr. Isabelle Loring Wallace ( with any proposal questions.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

Notification: November 18, 2016



  • Office of the Provost
  • Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
  • Office of Academic Programs
  • University of Georgia Press
  • The Georgia Review
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Department of Dance
  • Lamar Dodd School of Art
  • Special Collections Libraries
  • Hugh Hodgson School of Music
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Theatre and Film Studies
  • Creative Writing program