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Call for Proposals for the CSSH Research Development Initiative

Proposals Due: January 31, 2020

The Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to announce the Spring round of 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. We anticipate RDI funding calls twice a year, next in October 2020.

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 2020 Spring cycle, all materials must be submitted electronically, through the CSSH online application system, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST January 31, 2020.


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

Review Process

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.

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.

Funding Timeline and Final Report

Funding for the Spring cycle of RDI awards will begin no earlier than May 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, challenges 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 Spring 2020 cycle will be due on April 30, 2021.


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.