Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences Grant

This is a tentative description of the program. Full program details to be announced by September 1st, 2021.
With the goal of fostering innovation and excellence in the social sciences at Purdue University, the Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences program seeks to encourage faculty to aim for what the University’s strategic plan labels as “breakthrough advancements” that give Purdue a national and international reputation in the social sciences.
In particular, this program seeks to stimulate innovative social science research efforts, including collecting and analyzing pilot data necessary for preparing and submitting external grant proposals. Submissions should describe the following:
(a) conceptual and/or methodological innovation,
(b) significant contribution to the social science literature, and
(c) planned future external funding sources and programs of the proposed study
Research projects to be supported with this grant can take any of the following forms:
(a) research proposed to be conducted in the social sciences by individual faculty members;
(b) collaborative projects among faculty in the social sciences with the College of Liberal Arts; and
(c) collaborative projects between faculty in the CLA and in other colleges at Purdue
A faculty committee appointed by the CLA Dean will evaluate the applications. The CLA Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education will also serve on the committee, and a representative from the EVPRP will be a non-voting member.
The CLA Dean may ask other faculty inside or outside of the college or university to serve as ad-hoc reviewers, where their participation would give the committee the expertise needed for reviewing specific proposals.
In judging the proposals, reviewers will be asked to use several criteria:
(a) conceptual and/or methodological innovation proposed;
(b) significance of contributions to the social science literature;
(c) the quality of the applicants' previous research in the social sciences; and
(d) the degree to which the proposed activities will increase the applicants' success in future scholarship and applications for external funding
All CLA tenured and tenure-track faculty who have plans for research projects in the social sciences are eligible to apply. A faculty member may submit only one application per year.
All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1- to 2-page report of the outcomes of their previous grants to the Associate Dean’s office ( cla-adr@purdue.edu) within 6 months of the close of their project period or before submitting another internal funding proposal.
Reports must include information about all grant and fellowship proposals and awards submitted since the funded grant application, as well as the status of publications, exhibitions, presentations and other outcomes of the funded project.
Previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grant Awards greater than $10,000 must have subsequently submitted external grant/fellowship application requests that total at least $15,000 before another award may be granted for funding from the Enhancing Humanities, Exploratory Social Science, or Global Synergy Grants programs.
Number of Awards:
The program will fund up to five projects annually. The budget limits will be announced by September 1st. Each grant will be for one calendar year. 
Allowable Expenses:  
Faculty may request funding for a range of expenses related to data collection, data analysis, and writing. Examples of allowable use of funds include  travel to research sites, compensation for research participants, commissioning data collection through research firms, purchase of existing secondary data, payments to undergraduate research interns, graduate research assistant support, and summer salary support.
Funds may be requested for the expenses of participation in workshops or conferences that are necessary for conducting the proposed research and for discussion or dissemination of the outcomes of the research. No funds will be provided for faculty salaries during the academic year.
Deadline:  TBD (Mid to late October)
Submission Process:
The application will be submitted as a single PDF file via InfoReady ( which is accessible by clicking the on the APPLICATION INTERFACE link below).  Please write your proposal as a draft Word document  in advance of starting the submission process. The sections of the proposal are listed below. 
Before submission, please present a draft of your proposal to your department head, and get his or her approval   in writing. When you are ready to submit your proposal, upload an electronic copy of the approval message into the body of your draft document, in order with the rest of the materials. NOTE: Head approvals may be copied from the original email (including the head’s signature/name line) if necessary.  When you are ready to submit, save the entire document as a PDF.
The application should include the following information:
Project Title
PI Name, Rank/Title, Department, and Expertise Area
Co-PI Name(s), Rank(s)/Title(s), Departments, and Expertise Area(s)
Short Bios or CVs for PI (and Co-PI or PIs, if applicable)
Proposal body (maximum 30,000 characters - including spaces)
Abstract (maximum 1,500 characters)
Motivation/Significance (maximum 4,000 characters)
Scientific Literature/Literature Review (maximum 6,500 characters)
Research Questions or Goals (maximum 1,500 characters)
Description of Work to be Accomplished (maximum 5,000 characters)
Deliverable(s) (maximum 2,500 characters)
Team Qualifications and Responsibilities (when >1 investigator) (max 2,500 characters)
Work Timeline (with Dates and Descriptions) (maximum 1,500 characters)
Bibliographical References (maximum 5,000 characters)
Department Head Approval Letter
Amount of Funding Requested
Budget Table (provided)
Budget Justification (provided)
Future Work Description
Grant Sources to be Solicited in the Future
URL of Future Grant Solicitation (if available)
Link to application interface to be posted here by September 1st


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