ATLAS support can be requested for curatorial projects. The crucial element of a proposal for this type of project is a strong argument that shows the applicant’s creative and/or scholarly intervention in the work and the ways in which the project is a major step forward in the discipline and the applicant’s career. The applicant should determine whether the project as envisioned meets the eligibility requirements set forth in section II.B.3 of the RFP: “The subprogram provides support for the production of original works of art, but does not offer funding for performance or presentation activities not linked to the completion of an original work. Performances of plays, musical compositions, and choreographed works, as well as presentations of artistic works not completed by an awardee as part of the Board of Regents subprogram, are not eligible unless they demonstrate significant new creative engagement on the part of the applicant(s). It is solely the responsibility of the applicant(s) to demonstrate persuasively the extent to which a project meets this requirement.”
It is also important to categorize a curatorial or editorial project properly, as that determines how it will be reviewed. A scholarly intervention is more aligned with the humanities or social sciences, while a creative one is aligned with arts. The applicant should keep in mind that the project will compete against more mainstream creative or scholarly projects, so the proposal must show the reviewers how the project represents a good investment of the funds to achieve the goals of the ATLAS program within the focus area.