Research Funding Available for Art Therapy and Music Therapy
We are embarking on a new phase of research funding to address priority research questions in art therapy and music therapy with military populations.
Creative Forces: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Military Healing Arts Network is embarking on the next phase of research funding to address priority research questions identified by Creative Forces in art therapy and music therapy. The research is intended to yield generalizable findings about the impacts of including art therapy or music therapy in common clinical practice with military populations. The research will address one of two priority research questions identified in the Creative Forces Conceptual Frameworks Phase 2 Final Report (PDF):
- MUSIC THERAPY
How, through what mechanisms, and to what extent does music therapy affect the discomfort, disability, and quality of life associated with chronic pain in service members and/or veterans experiencing chronic pain?
- ART THERAPY
How, through what mechanisms, and to what extent does art therapy affect emotional processing, self-regulation, and other symptoms of traumatic stress for service members and/or veterans?
Creative Forces initially funded four feasibility/pilot studies: two in art therapy and two in music therapy. The current RFA announces a subaward for a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) or large-scale prospective study. The research budget for this study is $900,000 over a period of 32 to 34 months. No additional funding for indirect costs is available. Any funding for indirect costs must come out of the research budget.
In advance of the application, applicants must provide a Letter of Intent to submit no later than May 16, 2023, 3:00 pm ET. Application deadline for the research subaward is May 30, 2023, 3:00 pm ET.
For more information, refer to the application materials below:
Creative Forces Clinical Research RFA (PDF)
Creative Forces RFA Letter of Intent (PDF)
Creative Forces RFA Application Form(PDF)
Creative Forces Biosketch Instructions and Template (.docx)
Creative Forces Budget Justification Template (.docx)
Creative Forces Budget Template(.xls)