Ohio State scholars are leaders in their fields in studies of electoral processes, judicial and legislative institutions and influences, campaign finance practices and regulations, and other areas of research on American political institutions and processes. Building upon these existing strengths, Democracy Studies provides seed-grant funding for researchers to tackle projects relevant to our mission. Monthly brownbag discussions of these activities expand its reach.

To support the continuous scholarly examination of American democracy’s norms, procedures, and institutions Democracy Studies funds micro-grants to support research projects on a diverse range of subjects.  Previously funded projects have included an examination of the role that interest groups play in the U.S. House of Representatives, the impact of nonpartisan elections on voter decision making, and the process of food coalition formation, among others.

The 2017 grant application cycle is now open.  To learn more about submission requirements or to submit a proposal, click here.


You can also learn more about previously funded projects:

2016 Seed Grant Recipients

2015 Seed Grant Recipients

2014 Seed Grant Recipients

2013 Seed Grant Recipients


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