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Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Award

The Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Award is dedicated to developing novel collaborations between artists and researchers or to advance the understanding of the impact of art on health from a clinical and translational science perspective.

Applications for 2020-2021 Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Awards are now being accepted.

A total of $5,000 each year is available, and awards may pay for artist travel, supplies, installation of final art for display, research, photography, use of specialized instruments (i.e., SEMs), faculty release time, a graduate student assistant, artist stipends or other appropriately justified expenses.

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  • Applications are due Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • The application form and materials can be found online here
  • A PDF preview of all required information is available here

Health is influenced by social, environmental, behavioral and other factors that reach well beyond direct medical care. To achieve the goal of Frontiers' funding agency, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences "to deliver more treatments, to more patients, more quickly", innovative, non-medical treatments and solutions hold tremendous promise. The Frontiers Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Award addresses this intent by providing funds that support collaboration between arts faculty/professionals and biomedical research investigators.

The Frontiers Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Awards supports the study of how arts and clinical sciences are complimentary and together contribute to a better understanding of body, mind, health, and disease interactions. This Trailblazer funding can be used to conduct research and explore any form of collaboration between art and artistic expression (broadly defined to include both visual and performance arts) that will inform health and disease, thereby contributing to accelerating medical care and treatment innovation.


Frontiers Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Awards support projects that address all diseases, and include academic disciplines such as medicine, health professions, nursing, veterinary medicine, and other areas that impact clinical and translational science. Applications are invited from faculty investigators from all Frontiers partner institutions and from regional community-based organizations.

Key Dates

  • Posted Date: October 23, 2019
  • Application Due Date: December 1, 2019
  • Notifications Applicants: January 15, 2020
  • IRB/IACUC Applications Due (if applicable): February 15, 2020
  • Prior Approval materials submitted to Frontiers (pending IRB/IACUC; if applicable): April 15, 2020
  • Prior Approval materials sent to NCATS (if applicable): May 1, 2020
  • Funding Received/Project Start (pending NCATS approval): July 1, 2020

All funds must be spent by June 30, 2021; no carry-over is allowed.

Any questions regarding Frontiers Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Awards should be directed to or 913-588-6290.

Last modified: Oct 24, 2019