NAMM Foundation Research Grants provide support for projects that explore the impact of active participation during various stages of life and on human experience and conditions. Grants are made in three research-funding areas, as follows:
Scientific Grants. support leading researchers and research teams in exploring the effects of hands-on music making on cognitive processes, development and learning, and psychological, biological and social/emotional aspects of specific populations.
University of California
Understanding the Combined Influences of Musical Training and Genetic Predisposition in the Development of Absolute Pitch
Sounds of Living Grants: The Impact of Music Making Grants. examine the role of active participation in music for children, youth, adults and seniors outside of formal educational settings. this research initiative explores the role of music making in health, wellness and socialization.
University of South Florida School of Music
Senior Citizen’s Music Participation and Perception of Quality of Life
Sounds of Learning Grants: The Impact of Music Education. examine the roles of music education in the lives of school-age children as well as school and community.
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Effects of Music Experiences During School Years on Professional Creative Achievement Among a Sample of Architects, Chemical Engineers, and Music Educators
Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles Office of Contracts and Grants
The Impact of Music Education on Social Communication, Emotional Functioning and Musical Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University
An Urban Education Research Project to Study the Relationship of Kindergarten Keyboard Instruction to Neuropsychological Development
The NAMM Foundation also provides funding for projects such as the work by neurobiologist Nina Kraus, which offers insight into how musical experience affects brain function across the lifespan.