NLab Projects

NLab Projects is a series of interdisciplinary artist research residencies for undergraduate students at UCI. A collaboration between the Beall Center for Art + Technology, UCI Applied Innovation, and the UCI Department of Art, NLab Projects aims to provide young artists and innovators with work space and financial support that will aid the development of new artwork fabrication, techniques, and/or concepts.

By providing these resources, NLab Projects provides the framework for undergraduates to conduct inter-media research, experiment, and collaborate with their peers in a deeply enriching and inventive ways. As an NLab Projects artist-in-residence, selected undergraduate students will be provided with a workspace in UCI Applied Innovation for a maximum period of one year (duration of workspace availability is unique to each applicant's needs, and availability), access to Beall Center for Art + Technology staff to assist with potential collaborator introductions, and funds for fabrication, materials and supplies, travel and/or lodging for research purposes, special event fees, and/or transportation expenses to and from the residency location. Grant award amounts are determined by the NLab Committee, and are commensurate with project needs and/or available fund cycles.

Submissions to NLab Projects are reviewed on an annual basis in May. All NLab Projects applications must be received by May 1 each year, and be electronically submitted to beallcenter@uci.edu. Submissions are ONLY available to UCI undergraduate students.

Submissions should consist of the following:

  • 2-3 page written narrative outlining your proposed project, and why workspace/funds are needed to advance your project goals:
    • All proposed projects must be interdisciplinary in nature, and include the arts
    • Please specify any departments/centers/faculty members that you may wish to work with in order to advance your research/work
    • Make sure to include reasoning for how your project could be useful to other artists and/or innovators - this may include commercial or industrial applications
  • 1 page proposed budget outlining potential expenses
  • 2-3 images or diagrams of proposed project outcome(s)
  • All involved undergraduate students, and their respective contact information

For additional information about this residency program, please email beallcenter@uci.edu, or call 949-824-6206.