Seed Funding Call for Proposals | Labor Research and Action Network New Scholars Research Grants

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Labor Research and Action Network | New Scholars Research Grants
Call for Proposals

The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) brings together workers’ rights advocates, academics, and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for workers in the United States. One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor scholars while also linking these scholars to labor activists.

LRAN is committed to continuing to provide this support even under the current unique and challenging circumstances. Therefore, LRAN is pleased to announce a competition for seed grants ranging from $1000-$3,000 for graduate students and untenured faculty for research on U.S. labor-focused projects, broadly defined. Proposals will be judged on the basis of overall quality, but projects with direct relevance to workers and worker rights organizations may be given priority. In addition, LRAN encourages collaboration between academics and worker centers, unions, and community groups, and such collaborations will be seen as a plus factor in the judging. Graduate student applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, including programs awarding either academic or professional degrees, and students in all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may submit research projects of their own design and all proposals on labor in the U.S. will be enthusiastically considered.

Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes the following information:

  • A brief project proposal, including information about whether IRB approval is required, and if it is required, where the applicant is in the IRB process (no more than two pages, single-spaced).
  • A detailed budget that explains how seed funds will be used. LRAN grant money may not be used for overhead, tuition or fees at the applicant’s university. Funds will be disbursed as reimbursement for budgeted research expenses.
  • For graduate students, a letter signing off on the proposal from the student’s academic advisor.
  • C.V.
  • If the proposed project is in collaboration with a union or other worker organization, the name, email and phone number for the applicant’s contact at the organization.

Winners will be required to provide status reports on the state of their research projects six months and one year after receiving their awards.

Completed applications should be sent to Adam Shah, with “LRAN New Scholars Research Grant” in the subject line. Grantees will receive a travel stipend of up to $500 to report on their research proposal at the 2021 LRAN Conference. Deadline for the application is June 5, 2020, with winners announced by June 30, 2020. Because of the current circumstances and the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will monitor developments and make adjustments to the timeline if necessary.

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