Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences Grant


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 (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 within the CLA; 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 Associated 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 when 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.

Eligibility: 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.

Project Report:  All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1-2 pg 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 >$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: Budgeted at a total support of $125K per year from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP), the program will fund approximately three to six projects annually. The budget for each project will be between $25K and $75K. Each grant will be for one calendar year.

Allowable Expenses: Faculty may request fund for a range of expenses related to data collections, 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: Monday, October 23, 2017

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Cover Page/Application for the Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences Grant   Word  |  PDF  

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Budget Justification Template with Instructions (Click Here)

Project Report - All previous recipients of Internal Purdue CLA Research Grants must submit a brief 1-2 pg. 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.


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