In order to support the development and growth of the diverse and excellent faculty research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Dean’s Research Council  offers two categories of grants to support research each year. SBS has a strong commitment to a range of social science research approaches, including, but not limited to, basic, applied, and community-engaged research.
A strong preference is given to generating a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Priority in most cases is given to those projects that are likely to lead to external foundation or government funding; however, SBS also supports high-quality, meritorious research for which opportunities for extramural funding are limited.
All ranks of tenure track faculty and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research are eligible to apply to both categories. The fall deadline is on October 15, 2015 and the Spring deadline is March 11, 2016. For any questions about these grants, please contact Jennifer Lundquist , Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.
Research Support Grants—To generate new research activity. Up to $7,000 per Principal Investigator. Up to $14k if two PIs from SBS
Conference/Visitor Grants—To bring a speaker or colleague to campus or to host a conference or workshop on campus. Up to $2,000 support with a 1-1 match from other sources. Please indicate the source of the matching funds.
Please note that applications for the Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Program (a course reduction for year-long proposal preparation seminar) are solicited once per year under a separate call during the spring semester. For more info, contact Laurel Smith-Doerr , director.
Click here  for an online application which will be submitted to Tracy Tudryn , assistant to the deans. For assistance in preparing your budget, including information about RA costs, please contact Karen Mason . For any questions about the submission process itself, please contact Tracy.
SBS Research Support Grants are intended to generate new research activity among tenure track faculty at all ranks and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research. Applications may include requests for hiring a research assistant, research-related travel, supporting funds for a sabbatical project, augmenting a larger project submitted to the Faculty Research Grants (FRG) program, etc. Please include in the application whether this will be part of a larger project funded by or submitted as a proposal to the FRG or some other source of internal or external funding.
- In your narrative, please describe the research activities for which you are requesting support, the significance of the research and anticipated career gains (e.g., resources developed, collaborations, publications, sponsored research submissions, etc.). The narrative should be no more than three pages.
- Indicate what potential sources of extramural funding this seed funding will allow you to seek. Or, if the research proposal is not conventionally externally-fundable, describe why not and how the research generated will be beneficial.
- Research grants may include travel costs that are required for the conduct of the research project, such as meeting with a collaborator, data collection, archival research, etc. (Regular conference presentation travel should be supported by departmental professional development funds.)
- Indicate the date and title for the most recent five years of research support grants and fellowships you have received (if any) from the university, college, foundations and/or government agencies.
- We strongly encourage interdisciplinary proposals from PIs representing two SBS departments, in which case the request can be up to a maximum of $14,000. If one PI for an interdisciplinary proposal is from another college, the other college will need to match the SBS level of support; a letter indicating this should accompany the proposal.
- Direct salary supplementation and use of the funds to support additional course releases are not allowable under this program.
Conference/Visitors Grants are funds to bring a speaker or colleague to campus or to host a conference or workshop on campus. Priority will be given to projects that have a clear and direct benefit to the professional development and/or research capacity of faculty on campus.
- Include a short description of the event for which support is being requested or the necessity for bringing a visitor to campus if support is requested for that purpose.
- Include a brief but detailed total budget for the event/visitor.
- Identify the source of matching funds available for the event/visitor. SBS support will require a 1-1 match.
- Indicate the total amount of support for the event (and similar events within the same unit over the past two years) coming from University funding lines.
- If support for a visitor is included, attach a short vitae (<1 page) or description sufficient to evaluate need and merit.
- Proposal narrative should be no more than two pages.
Other Research Activities
For research activities requiring rapid response, requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in consultation with the Research Council. A case must be made for the urgency of the application, explaining why the fall and spring deadlines are inapplicable.