Call for Proposals for the CSSH Research and Engagement Development Initiative
Proposals Due: September 4, 2020 and October 16, 2020
The Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to announce that in order to continue to support faculty in timely research and engagement projects, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic or related to questions of racial equity and justice, we will hold two rounds of Fall funding for the 2020/2021 CSSH Research and Engagement Development Initiative. We anticipate an expedited review process and will notify applicants within two weeks of the proposal due date. This will provide faculty members in the college with seed funding to help them develop proposals for more significant support from external sources. We anticipate RDI funding calls three times this year, next in January 2021.
Please send any questions to Associate Dean
Alisa Lincoln (email@example.com).
To support early stage research that will lead to the development of proposals for external grants or fellowships and positive impact on the career trajectory of faculty within the College of Social Science and Humanities. This external support may come in a wide variety of forms including grants, fellowships, research contracts, or research partnerships. In addition, we encourage proposals that support the college goal of fostering undergraduate students’ involvement in research.
Award for a single CSSH investigator will not exceed $5000. Faculty who apply as an inter-disciplinary team can receive up to $8,000. Most projects will be funded for six months; all unexpended funds will be returned to the Dean’s Office after 12 months (from date of notification).
All full-time faculty from the CSSH are eligible to apply for these awards. Priority will be given to faculty who do not have research accounts of more than $5,000, or major external grants and have not recently received an RDI.
Allowable expenses include travel, the purchase of data or software, access fees to archives, and funding for students as research assistants. In rare instances these funds may be used to purchase hardware if the hardware is necessary for the development of the full proposal. Neither faculty salary nor faculty course releases are supported under this program.
As noted, there are two deadlines for the 2020 Fall cycle. All materials must be submitted electronically, through the CSSH online application system, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on either September 4, 2020 or October 16, 2020.
The application includes the prospectus and the vitae.
A three to five (double-spaced) page narrative that includes:
- a strong description of the rationale and potential impact of the proposed project;
- a statement of how the proposed project relates to teaching, engagement, or scholarly efforts;
- an explanation of the methodology for the proposed project;
- an outline of a specific work plan that connects to the budget narrative (suggested one page in length) as well as a description, when appropriate, of how students will be involved in the project.
- a detailed budget (no more than $5,000 for a single investigator and $8,000 for teams) and budget narrative (no more than two paragraphs) that specifies each requested expenditure. Please be sure to adhere to the CSSH guidance on student pay rates (Undergraduate students: $16 per hour; Masters students: $19 per hour).
- where possible a plan for submission (including the specific funding agency, its submission date(s), and a timeline) of one or more proposals for external support if appropriate;
- a brief endorsement from your Chair.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of CSSH faculty who will make recommendations to the CSSH Dean. Priority will be given to proposals that include, when appropriate, opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in the proposed research.
This program exists to provide one-time support to CSSH faculty to help them develop proposals for external support. Therefore, a successful faculty member will generally not be re-funded for the same project from this initiative. Faculty who are not funded in one cycle are eligible to submit an application for funding during the next round.
Funding Timeline and Final Report
Funding for the Fall cycle of RDI awards will begin no earlier than October 1, 2020 and all funds are expected to be used during the 12 month period. All awardees are expected to submit a final report within one year of project funding. This report should include a description of project activities and accomplishments, barriers faced and strategies to overcome them, any dissemination activities including papers or conference presentations, and finally a description of external funds applied for and notice of which have been received. This report should be no more than three pages long and should be sent to Associate Dean, Alisa Lincoln and for the Fall 2020 cycle will be due on October 30, 2021 .
Please address any questions about this initiative to Associate Dean Alisa Lincoln (Al.Lincoln@northeastern.edu).