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2019-2020 CSSH Research Development Initiative

The Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 CSSH Research Development Initiative, which will provide faculty members in the college with seed funding to help them develop proposals for more significant support from external sources.

Please send any questions to Associate Dean Alisa Lincoln (al.lincoln@northeastern.edu).


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.


Maximum Award

Award for a single CSSH investigator will not exceed $5000. 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 tenured and tenure-track 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

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.

Application Materials

For the 2019 cycle, all materials must be submitted electronically, through the CSSH online application system, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST October  11, 2019.

The application includes the prospectus and the vitae.


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

Please note: Faculty members who are applying together should include a multiple-investigator plan that includes a description of shared roles and responsibilities for the proposed project and future proposals for external funding.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of CSSH faculty who will make recommendations to the CSSH Dean.

Repeat Awards

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.

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).

Apply Now

Apply now through the CSSH online application system.