CAST Grants

Apply for Funding from CAST

The Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) was established to create new opportunities for art, science and technology to thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery at MIT.

The Center also supports projects that may be difficult to fund through traditional sources or are exploratory in nature but may lead to creative works, significant research or interesting collaborations in the future.

MIT faculty and directors of centers and labs are encouraged to submit a proposal for evaluation in the biannual review cycle.

Explore previously funded projects here: 2014-15 CAST Programs Report (PDF), 2012-14 CAST Programs Report (PDF) and Visiting Artists.


Fall 2017 Deadlines

  • Initial Inquiry due: Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Notification and invitation for full proposals: Week of October 20, 2017
  • Full Proposals due: Friday, November 17, 2017

Funding Categories

CAST offers several categories of funding for MIT faculty and principal or senior research staff from all departments, labs and centers:

  • Mellon Faculty Grant: Full-time faculty may apply to develop classes, research or creative projects with significant impact on campus or beyond. Two CAST Mellon Faculty Fellows are appointed each academic year and receive grants of $30,000.     
  • Fay Chandler Faculty Creativity Seed Grant: Faculty may apply for grants to support a creative project that will come to fruition within a year of the award. Awards are a maximum of $7,500.  
  • Visiting Artist Grant: Faculty or program directors may apply for grants for a collaborative project with visiting artists. Visiting Artist projects must include student engagement and a public presentation and may include master classes or participation in the regular curriculum. Awards range from $5,000 to a maximum of $30,000.
  • Exploratory Visit: CAST offers small grants (up to $1,000) for exploratory visits for potential Visiting Artists, which can be helpful for establishing the basis for collaborations and full-fledged proposals.


  • We welcome applications from MIT faculty and directors of centers and labs.
  • Each applicant is limited to one Initial Inquiry per cycle.
  • We do not accept self-nominations from Visiting Artists. Artists must be sponsored by an MIT department, lab or center.
  • MIT students are not eligible for CAST Grants but are encouraged to speak to faculty members and research directors about ideas for art projects on campus or to contact CAST producers to learn how to participate in existing classes, residencies, workshops or research projects.


  • There is one call per semester.
  • We recommend a minimum lead time of 2 semesters or 9 months from the Initial Inquiry submission.
  • When unforeseen opportunities arise, off-cycle requests can be submitted and will be considered in relation to available funds and staff. Please email with all questions about off-cycle requests.

How to Apply

  • Initial Inquiry: The Initial Inquiry aims to ensure basic information is provided without requiring extensive descriptions in the first stage for applicants. The form includes 10 questions and a summary of the proposed project. The summary is limited to 1500 characters and there is an optional field for additional information.
  • Full Proposal: Individuals or groups invited to submit full proposals will develop the application in consultation with CAST directors and producers.

Selection Committee: A multidisciplinary Selection Committee will evaluate the proposals. The Fall 2017 committee members are Allan Adams, Research Scientist, Comparative Media Studies/Writing and Principal Investigator, Future Ocean Lab; Marie-Pier Boucher, CAST Postdoctoral Fellow; Stefan G. Helmreich, Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology and Section Head; Henriette Huldish, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, List Visual Arts Center; Hane Lee, Research Assistant, Opera of the Future, MIT Media Lab; Philippa Mothersill, Research Assistant, Object-Based Media, MIT Media Lab; Brindha Muniappan, Director of Education and Public Programs, MIT Museum; Jay Scheib, Professor of Theater Arts; Gediminas Urbonas, Director and Associate Professor, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology; Rosalind H. Williams, Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology; and J. Meejin Yoon, Professor of Architecture and Department Head.

Questions? Contact

Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of CAST and Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music
Leila W. Kinney, Executive Director of Arts Initiatives and CAST
Katherine Higgins, Producer
Susan Wilson, Producer