Teams should include multiple faculty members, with at least some of them, including the principal investigator, appointed in one of the six social science departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or the School of International and Public Affairs. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged, but not required. Applicants are invited to include participants from outside Columbia, but anyone who receives funding should spend at least part of the period on campus.
Start-Up Centers will receive up to $50,000.
The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) seeks proposals for Start-Up Centers. 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.