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QC Seed Grant Program

(currently restricted to faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences)

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences with social science research interests are invited twice a year–in the fall semester and in the spring semester–to submit proposals for research seed grants, with the expectation that these grants will facilitate applications for external funding.  The proposed research should be interdisciplinary and use quantitative methods to examine substantive or methodological issues in the social sciences.  For example, methodologies might include behavioral studies of social interactions, survey methods, econometric models, laboratory and field experiments, game-theoretic modeling, or causal inference with observational data.

Proposals may involve one or more faculty members, but must have a budget limit of $5,000 per proposal. Proposals from new faculty are welcome, as well as projects that will have broad interdisciplinary interest for social and behavioral scientists.  Research expenses can include travel, data acquisition (survey-based, laboratory, field, historical, etc.), graduate research assistance, computer support, etc., but the money cannot be paid as faculty salary.  Three to five awards are anticipated each semester. Fall grants begin in December; spring grants in June.  Funds must be expended by June 30 and January 30, respectively; they do not carry over.

Grantees are expected to:

  • attend monthly QC research seminars each semester, if teaching schedules permit;
  • interact with the QC graduate student fellows;
  • participate in a day-long methodology workshop;
  • submit a one page report on research activities and expenditures by the end of the funding period;
  • prepare a proposal to an outside funding agency, to be submitted by the end of the calendar year in which the funds are awarded; and
  • acknowledge QC support in any publications that result from the project.

Proposals should consist of:

  1. a narrative (3 pages maximum, 12 point font) addressing:
    1. the nature and significance of the research question;
    2. the quantitative methodology to be used;
    3. interdisciplinary social science aspects of the project;
    4. a target external funding agency and grant deadline;
    5. the name(s) and department affiliation of a colleague or colleagues who have agreed to read and give feedback on any grant proposals generated 30-45 days prior to submission; and
    6. a brief bibliography.
  2. a CV (the NSF style short bio is also acceptable); and
  3. a paragraph describing the anticipated expenditures and the budget total (up to $5,000).

All parts of the proposal should be combined into a single .pdf  file and submitted electronically to Dena Pérez ( by noon on due date posted on the QC website, with “QC Research Seed Grant” in the subject line.  Awards will be announced in mid November and mid April, and funds will be transferred to the recipient’s home department shortly thereafter.