Call for Seed Grant Proposals: The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy announces an opportunity for one-year research Seed Grant Awards of up to $30,000. The main goal of this project is to offer social science researchers the chance to undertake major research programs that may require initial results or proof of concept to attract external funding. The ISERP seed grant program places a priority on high-risk, high-return research, including work that develops new theories, identifies new areas of methodological innovation, or that bridges different substantive domains. Projects may be domestic, international, or comparative. Applicants must be full-time faculty members in the social sciences in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences or SIPA. Deadline: March 30, 2018. For more information, visit the website.
Call for Start-up Center Proposals: The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy seeks proposals for “Start-Up Centers” for FY2019. The goal is to bring together one or more teams to work together for one or more months in a common space toward a common goal. The funding is intended to support a project that cannot be accomplished in a conference and that could lead to a larger, longer-term initiative, such as a new center, a research program or laboratory, or a degree-granting program. The Start-Up Center is intended to demonstrate both the need and the feasibility, whether through submitted research papers, applications for large-scale external funding, a model curriculum and syllabi, or the creation of shared resources (such as datasets, software, or a public-facing website). In keeping with ISERP’s mandate, applications should show both intellectual merit and policy relevance. Up to $40,000 will be awarded. Deadline: April 13 2018. For more information, visit the website.