2018 Provost Research Grant Announcement

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to extend the invitation for Provost’s Research Grant proposals to Monday, April 16.  These grants support scholarly inquiry in every field represented at Brandeis University.  New ideas for scholarly inquiry are emerging in centers and departments across the Brandeis campus, and we want to provide the initial support that contributes to their development.  
Recent awards include:
•    Outsourced at Home: a project to improve understanding of the impacts on job quality and benefits, family mobility and inequality of movement in the labor market to contract workers (2015)
•    Conjuring Emancipation: a history of the refugee camps in the Civil War (2015)
•    Rethinking mental health care management from a population perspective (2015)
•    The Missing Link: do group biases in neural resonance contribute to awkward and ineffective cross-group interactions? (2016)
•    Modeling ALS using patient-derived stem cells (2017)
•    Forgotten Voices: Ocean identity and heritage of the Raizal people of Colombia’s San Andres Archipelago, western Caribbean (2017)

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16 and should be emailed as a single pdf document to provgrants@brandeis.edu. Use this format

Who may apply:

Any member of the Brandeis faculty or research staff whose appointment extends through June 2019 and who has an idea that needs support to grow. Staff scientists and postdoctoral fellows and associates may apply with the endorsement of their adviser or supervisor (see application form, below).

Purpose and Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals should be for early stage activities or to bring projects that are well underway to the next level. We encourage collaborative proposals that involve multiple departments or schools, and proposals with convincing plans to develop and sustain a long-term activity.

Proposals should describe the proposed activity and its significance and impact, resources needed to complete the work, timeframe, and plans for sustaining the activity. Explain in your proposal why you’re excited to do this work and what measurable outcomes will result. See the attached template for word limits and other details. 


•    The committee will make evaluations based on both the merit of the proposal and the appropriateness of the budget.
•    Funding will be provided for up to 12 months, starting July 1, 2018.
•    Salaries, if requested, must include fringe benefits. Please refer to: http://www.brandeis.edu/ora/FactSheetMaster/index.html for details.
•    At the end of the grant period, unused funds will be returned to the Provost’s office.  Please do not count on a no-cost extension.

What can awards pay for?

•    Graduate or undergraduate student support
•    Expenses associated with data collection or entry
•    Equipment, research supplies and software
•    Travel
•    Partial salary support for research staff or summer salary for faculty 

Your responsibilities:

Upon completion of the project, recipients will submit a report summarizing their accomplishments and indicating their plans to continue the activity (including plans to secure additional funding, if appropriate). In addition, the report will summarize project expenditures.   

There will be a research colloquium each fall that features presentations from award recipients of the previous year.


To apply please write a brief proposal, following the outline below and limiting answers in each section to the length indicated. Please also attach a recent vita.

Completed proposals should be emailed to: provgrants@brandeis.edu

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16 and should be emailed as a single pdf document to provgrants@brandeis.edu. Please use this format.

Research Award Evaluation Committee

Ed Hackett, Vice Provost for Research (chair)

Cindy Thomas, Associate Dean for Research, Heller School

Gannit Ankori, Division Chair, Creative Arts

John Burt, Division Chair, Humanities

John Wardle, Division Chair, Sciences

Sarah Lamb, Division Chair, Social Sciences

Kathryn Graddy, Senior Associate Dean, International Business School