SBS Research Grants Available

In order to support the development and growth of the diverse and excellent faculty research in the College of SBS, the Dean’s Research Council offers three categories of grants to support research each year. As reflected in both the College mission statement and the University’s Strategic Plan, SBS has a strong commitment to the range of social science research approaches, including, but not limited to, basic, applied, and community-engaged research.​

A strong preference is given to generating new research activity, that is a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Priority is given to those projects that are likely to lead to external research funding.

All ranks of tenure track faculty are eligible to apply to each category, and lecturers are eligible for the travel and conference/visitor grants (lecturers whose major responsibilities include research should contact the ADR to determine eligibility for the Research Support Grants). ​Applications to more than one category of award are allowed. The next deadline is on March 1, 2014. For any questions about these grants, please contact Elizabeth Chilton, Associate Dean for Research.

  • Research Support Grants—Up to $7,000 per PI. Up to $14k if two PIs from SBS
  • Travel Grants—Up to $1,000 with a 1-1 match from other sources. Please indicate the source of the matching funds.
  • Conference/Visitor Grants—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.

Submission Guidelines

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.

Research Grants

SBS research grants are intended to generate new research activity among tenure track faculty at all ranks. Applications may include requests for a sabbatical research project or supporting funds for a larger project submitted to the Faculty Research Grants (FRG) program. 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.
  • Research grants may include travel costs only if they are directly required for the conduct of the research.
  • Indicate the date and title of the most recent research support grant (e.g. FRG, Healey Grant, SBS research grant, etc.) you received (if any) from the university or college.
  • 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.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants are funds to cover travel of a faculty member to a conference (preferably one at which you are presenting, organizing, or chairing) or some other research or professional-development related travel.

  • Identify the source of matching funds available for the event/visitor. SBS support will require a 1-1 match.
  • If the application is for a presentation, include the host organization (indicate national, regional, etc.), location and time of the meeting, abstract, title, and authorship (including order) as it will be listed in the program.
  • If the application is for other research related travel, indicate the purpose of the travel and summarize your expected career gains (e.g., collaborations, training, pilot research, etc.).
  • Indicate the date of the most recent travel grant you received (if any) from the university or College.
  • Include a brief statement on what role the award would play in your professional development.
  • Proposal narrative should be no more than two pages.

Conference/Visitor Grants

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.

For research activities not covered by the above categories or requiring rapid response, requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean for Research in consultation with the Research Council.

Elizabeth Chilton, Associate Dean for Research and Programs