Pilot Fund for Research in the Social Sciences

Because of the extent and length of many social science research projects, faculty must often seek external funding to help underwrite their research. In order to be competitive for grants, preliminary data collection and analysis are necessary as a basis for formulating and justifying larger research projects.

The Pilot Fund for Research in the Social Sciences provides funds to cover the costs of conducting these preliminary studies. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the scope of the project and the number of personnel involved.

All awardees must submit a grant proposal to a major external agency within 18 months of receiving the grant.

The annual deadline is the second Tuesday in November. 

The proposal consists of the following:

  • a cover sheet
  • a proposal narrative of no more than 4 single-spaced pages
  • an abbreviated CV of no more than 2 pages
  • a budget with budget explanation