To apply, complete the Democracy Studies Seed Grant Submission Form at the bottom of this page. Deadline: TBA (expected – Autumn 2017)
OSU’s interdisciplinary Democracy Studies program invites OSU faculty, as well as OSU graduate students who have the sponsorship of a faculty advisor, to submit proposals for funded research. Proposals should focus on the norms, institutions, and processes of self-government, broadly conceived, and as further described in the Democracy Studies mission statement, which can be found here. The proposed research need not follow a particular format or methodology, and it may be empirical, quantitative, qualitative, normative, historical, or philosophical in nature, consistent with the interdisciplinary focus of Democracy Studies, and as appropriate to the contribution that the proposal intends to make.
Proposals should lay out clearly what the purpose of the proposed research is, how it addresses and improves on earlier work, and how it relates to the mission of Democracy Studies. Proposals should describe the anticipated products, including published papers, books, or book chapters. In addition, proposals will be viewed most favorably if they demonstrate the possibility of and a commitment to developing and submitting a related proposal for additional external funding. One of the chief purposes of these internal grants is to generate external funding to demonstrate the commitment of OSU scholars to long-term investigations in this area.
Proposals should be no more than five pages in length, in addition to a budget and resumes/CVs. Graduate students should also include a letter from a faculty advisor.
In recent years, the research that Democracy Studies has funded includes studies on the impact of nonpartisan elections on voter decision making; the role of federal agencies in the legislative process; the extent to which civic groups (vs. political parties) are supporting women of color to run for political office; how belief in conspiracy theories varies with media consumption; an oral history project with Ohio legislators from the 1960s through the 1990s; the impact of anti-immigrant hostility (from rhetoric to hate crimes) on political behavior; and ethics in campaign politics.
In recent funding cycles, successful proposals have received grants ranging from $2,000 to $17,000. However, these figures should not restrict your thinking about proposed research and how much funding you will need to accomplish it.
The deadline for submission of proposals WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. Please submit in the portal below. A multi-disciplinary faculty review panel then will evaluate the proposals and announce grant recipients early next year.
If you have any questions about this request for proposals, including about whether your research is appropriate, your budget, and so on, please contact either Greg Caldeira (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Huefner (email@example.com), or both.