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Call for Proposals for the CSSH Research Development Initiative

Call for Proposals for the CSSH COVID-19 Research and Engagement Development Initiative


As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we call upon the diverse expertise of our colleagues within CSSH to develop related research and engagement projects. The current epidemic and associated cautionary measures around the globe have brought to the fore many challenges that demand attention and will require innovative solutions. We encourage projects that will help us to better understand the pandemic and its many social, economic, ethical and political impacts.

In collaboration with the home unit(s) of the faculty member(s), the CSSH Dean’s Office will award small pilot grants in an expedited fashion, to support COVID-19 related research from humanities, social science, or policy perspectives. Inter-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged, and faculty members may apply as a sole investigators or as a team. Please pay attention to current university guidelines for research continuity and COVID-19 that limit in-person data collection to be sure that proposed projects can begin immediately.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis with funding decisions made within a week of proposal submission in order to promote the efficient development of research. Proposals for this round will be accepted through June 30th, 2020.



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.


Maximum Award

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).


Allowable Expenses

Allowable expenses include the purchase of data, software, or digital materials; 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.


Application Materials

All materials must be submitted electronically, through the CSSH online application system.

Apply now through the CSSH online application system.

The application includes the prospectus and the vitae.



A three page (double-spaced) page narrative that includes:


Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised 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 project.


Final Report

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.



Please address any questions about this initiative to Associate Dean Alisa Lincoln (Al.Lincoln@northeastern.edu).