Call for Proposals: Seed Grant, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University

November 12, 2018


Applicants must be full-time faculty members appointed in one of the five social science departments in Arts and Sciences or SIPA. We especially encourage early career faculty to apply. Priority will be given to junior faculty. 


Up to $30,000. 


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.

These awards should have the potential to lead to additional federal, foundation or private funding. Recipients of the award are required to submit future grants through ISERP. Up to four awards will be funded. Awardees will be asked to present a talk on their project.

Proposals will be funded on the basis of:

  • The intellectual merit and innovation of the proposed project
  • The seed grant’s relationship to the proposed major project
  • The project’s organization and judicious use of funds
  • The plausibility of the investigator’s plan for seeing outside funding


Applicants should submit:

  • A 5-page research proposal that details the specific aims, background to the study, preliminary data (if any), research plan, innovation/significance & future plans, and details on each investigator’s role on the project
  • Line item budget
  • Budget narrative explaining how line items in the budget relate to the early work you need to convert your ideas into a fundable project
  • Plan for seeking outside funding
  • CV’s or NSF Style Biosketch for each investigator
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically via ISERP’s website to ISERP

For more information, please visit ISERP's webpage. Please contact with any questions on this process.

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