Seed Grants

CALL for Seed Grant Awards

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences


2016 Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy Seed Grant Awards

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy announce a one-year research Seed Grant Award opportunity of up to $ 15,000.  The main goal of this project is to offer social science researchers the opportunity 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. Special consideration will be given to proposals that engage the Division of Social Science’s strategic planning themes:

  • Data and Society
  • Understanding Inequality
  • Being Human (e.g., social behavior, values and ethics, the experimental turn)
  • Urbanisms and Environments
  • Identity, Community, and Difference
  • Justice and Democracy

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.


Applicants must be full-time faculty members.  We especially encourage early career faculty to apply.  Priority will be given to junior faculty. 

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 and future plans
  • 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 NIH Style Biosketch for each investigator
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically as a PDF document to ISERP

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

Studies extending on existing research projects are welcome. 

Duration: One (1) Year

Award Amount: Up to $15,000

Application Deadline: March 21, 2016

Start Date: July 1, 2016

We encourage applicants, particularly those submitting for the first time, to speak with a member of ISERP’s research development office