Competitive Research Fund

Deadline: March 8, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000-$50,000 for one year
Eligible Applicants: FAS/SEAS ladder faculty (assistant, associate, or full) as well as Professors in Residence and Professors of the Practice; also, faculty from other Harvard schools who hold more than a 0 FTE appointment in FAS/SEAS. Faculty from other Harvard schools without an FAS/SEAS appointment [or with a 0 FTE FAS/SEAS appt] are welcome to participate as collaborators on funded projects.
Conditions: Successful applicants will be expected to give a short presentation of the funded project at a symposium at the end of the grant year, and submit a short description of project results.
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Overview

 
The goal of the IAI Competitive Research Fund is to support new research that will advance our understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality, including its implications for a range of outcomes from economic growth and political stability to crime, public health, family wellbeing, and social trust. This call invites innovative ideas from the full range of academic disciplines with a particular emphasis on research that engages with the core themes of the FAS Inequality in America Initiative: Work, Family and Opportunity; Mobility and Migration; Governance, Citizenship and Social Justice; Science, Technology, Education and Health; American Inequality, Globally.

The Inequality in America Initiative Competitive Research Fund will provide funding in the following categories:

  • Seed funding, to encourage investigators to pursue exciting new research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs.
  • Bridge funding, to allow investigators to continue work on previously funded research that does not currently have external funding. Investigators who apply in this category must demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain external funding.

Please apply only if your funding needs fit into one of these categories. Project budgets of $5,000-$50,000 may be requested for one year, though it should be noted that funded proposals may receive below the award ceiling.

The IAI Competitive Research Fund is especially interested in supporting research projects that involve any of the following: interdisciplinary collaboration among departments or Harvard schools; new and early-career investigators; training opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students.

Eligibility

 
This program is open to FAS and SEAS ladder faculty (assistant, associate and full professors), FAS/SEAS Professors in Residence and Professors of the Practice, and faculty from other Harvard schools who hold more than a 0 FTE appointment in FAS or SEAS. (Faculty from other Harvard schools without an appointment in FAS/SEAS [or with a 0 FTE FAS/SEAS appt] are welcome to participate as collaborators on funded projects.) Applications from tenure-track faculty are especially encouraged.

Faculty may only submit one application in this funding cycle.

It is expected that awarded funds will be used as quickly as is feasible to advance the work described.

Successful applicants will be expected to give a short presentation of the funded project at a symposium at the end of the grant year, and submit a short description of project results.

Application and Review Process

 
Applications must be submitted through the portal for the Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship. Proposals will be read and evaluated by a multidisciplinary committee that includes faculty with expertise in the study of inequality. Please ensure that your proposal makes sense to someone outside of your discipline.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Contact information


  • Project description (1 page) that is accessible to those outside your discipline . The project description should include:
    • The question or problem, and why it is important.
    • The approach to be taken.
    • The potential impact of proposed work.


  • 1-3 sentence synopsis of the project (for public dissemination if awarded)


  • One paragraph explaining why this funding source is essential to the launch or success of the proposed project. 


  • Abridged CV or biosketch (2 pages)


  • A list of all current or pending external sources of grant support, and a description of what efforts have been made or will be made to obtain external funding for the proposed project.


  • Budget and budget justification (1 page). Budgets should provide enough information to convey the alignment of costs with the project. Faculty are encouraged to work closely with their grants administrator when including personnel and fringe benefits. Faculty in Social Science departments without a designated grant administrator may contact Amanda Ellenwood (mellenwood@fas.harvard.edu), and faculty in the Arts & Humanities may contact Jimmy Matejek (jmatejek@fas.harvard.edu).


  • Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to personnel (e.g. postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students, consultants, translators); fringe benefits; domestic and international travel; equipment user fees; archive fees; data acquisition fees; training to acquire a new skill or area of expertise that will enable the proposed project.


  • The following expenses are not eligible for funding: overhead, faculty salary, graduate student tuition, educational/course use, equipment, space.

With a budget for this cycle of $350,000, the review committee will make awards to only the most promising applications, and will stay within the budget of the Fund. Awardees will be notified of funding decisions in May 2018.

Contacts

 
If you have questions about the IAI Competitive Research Fund, please contact Jennifer Shephard (jmsheph@fas.harvard.edu).