ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum
Guidelines for Faculty Grants

Information about Faculty Grants

Faculty Grants are designed to provide support for individuals or groups with reasonable expenditures associated with research, scholarly activity or creative projects in the field of animation.

  1. Applications will be submitted in January and recipients will be announced in April for the year running from 2017 to 2018.

  2. Expenditures must occur in the year for which the Faculty Grant is awarded. Awards will range from US$1,000 to a maximum of US$5,000 per applicant.

 

Eligibility

All ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum members are eligible for Faculty Grants. To become an AEF member, simply send an email to info@animationeducatorsforum.com to request membership. There is no cost to become a member.

  1. Applicants must have full time or adjunct faculty status at an accredited post-secondary institution. To be considered for the grant, adjunct faculty need to be teaching a minimum of two (2) courses per year at accredited post-secondary colleges or universities (note: the two (2) courses may be taught at different institutions).

  2. Members are eligible to apply for one (1) grant per year. If they are successful in their application, members will not be eligible to apply for another Faculty Grant until three (3) years after the date of the previously submitted application. Previous grant awardees will be removed from future consideration if they fail to largely fulfill the Responsibilities of Awardees listed below

  3. It is most likely that only one (1) applicant at a single institution will be awarded in a grant year. This limitation is based in the intent of ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum to assist faculty across a wide geographic and academic range.

 

Selection Criteria

The ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Grant Selection Committee will be comprised of members of the AEF Steering Committee as well as other qualified academic staff and industry professionals. The following criteria will be considered when evaluating the applications:

  1. Effectiveness of written proposal

  2. Quality of supporting documents included with the proposal

  3. Record of professional or scholarly achievement

  4. Contributions to the animation community at large.

Application Procedure and Contents

Applications for the ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Faculty Grant will only be considered if fully complete and received by the Feb 6, 2016  11:59pm. To apply, attach the document outlined below to an email sent to AEFgrant@aef.org. Please use the subject line of 2017 AEF Faculty Grant Application for your email.

 

Although the application document will have multiple sections (outlined below), please submit it as a single multi-page .pdf file using this naming convention:

2017_AEFGrantApplication_LastnameFirstname.pdf (example: 2017_AEFGrantApplication_DoeJohn.pdf).

Application Procedure and Contents (continued)

Section 1: Written Proposal

To be considered for the ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Faculty Grant, a written proposal describing the scope of the research, scholarship activity or creative project must be submitted. We ask that the text of the proposal be prepared using twelve (12) point type and one (1) inch margins and is not to exceed two (2) pages in length. In addition, please include a cover page with the name of the applicant, name of the institution(s) where the applicant is a faculty member, the grant year being applied for and a brief (single sentence) title/summary of the research, scholarly activity or creative project. Please use the headings in bold type below in organizing the content of the Proposal.

  1. Description of the research, scholarly activity or creative project.

  2. Background and significance of the research, scholarly activity or creative project. Summarize the inspiration/motivation for the project, including work previously completed on it. Indicate whether the project breaks new ground and/or is part of an on-going activity. Describe the nature of its contribution to the field of animation.

  3. Design/methodology of research or components of creative project to be undertaken. List and describe the specific activities in which you will engage in. Include timeline and feasibility of project within the timeline.

  4. Anticipated outcomes and goals of the activity. Outcomes may include the completion and screening of a finished film, presentation of a paper at a conference, persuasive proposals to external agencies etc. Goals may include finishing part of an ongoing project (e.g., progress towards completing a book or film). This should include a date that the project will be considered complete, and will determine the submission deadline for a Final Report (details to follow).

 

Section 2: Estimated Budget

Please include a heading of Estimated Budget in your application document. The contents of this section will vary based on the nature of your proposal; applicants may include components that have not been suggested below. All items that have been included in the proposed budget should have a corresponding entry in the final report to be submitted at the conclusion of the project/activity.

Creative/professional development (e.g., conference attendance, coursework, etc.)

Development of materials for animation education (software, publication, webhosting, etc.)

Production of artwork (acquisition of equipment/supplies, software, assistants, etc.)

Publication (hiring editors, content experts, peer review, etc.)

Research expenses (acquisition of source material, experimentation, hiring assistants, etc.)

Travel expenses (visual design research, conference presentation, interviews, etc.)

note: In calculating travel expenses, we recommend using per diem rates found at the U.S. General Service Administration Per Diem Rates website, http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104877, in the continental United States or the U.S. Department of State Per Diem Rates website, https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=184&menu_id=78,for overseas/foreign travel.

 

Section 3: Supporting Documentation

In addition to your Written Proposal, please supply documents that verify the legitimacy of the research, scholarly activity or creative projects that the ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Faculty Grant will be utilized for. It may include one or more of the following (note that some are required):

  1. Required: Curriculum Vitae or Academic Resume that includes a record of professional and/or scholarly achievement, and documents awards, honors and contributions to the animation community at large

  2. Proof of acceptance for conference presentation, paper or contract with a publisher/ film distributor (ex. confirmation letter from publisher, invitation to conference, etc.)

  3. Listing of other funding sources that this project has already/may also receive

  4. Script, storyboard or other preproduction materials related to a creative project (ex. film or installation) that may assist the Selection Committee in evaluating its potential.