How to Apply
To apply, simply send an email to Jonathan Robidoux (firstname.lastname@example.org). State which research group(s) you are applying to for funding and attach:
- A current CV
- A 1-page proposal
Describe the research project and how the resources would contribute to the research. Or, describe the conference, its topic and who the conference would benefit.
- A budget
How much money are you asking for? What will you use it for? How much of your own STARS funds will you contribute for this project? Do you have funding from any other sources? If so, how much?
Applications will typically be reviewed twice a year. However, if a project would be unduly delayed by waiting for the next funding deadline, group coordinators may decide to review an application submitted between funding review dates. The next deadline for submitting grant applications is April 1, 2015.
To aid in formulating grant requests, Center coordinators have applied the following rules of thumb in assessing past applications:
- Successful applications must demonstrate "skin in the game" (i.e. STARS participation).
- Funding is available for data acquisition and for fieldwork travel. Data acquisition costs should be carefully documented in the application. Where data will be acquired from an external vendor, the application should include a statement of cost from the vendor.
- RA support will be capped (Fall 2013: $7,500). Higher requests require much more detailed justification and documentation.
- Travel funding to work with co-authors is capped ($500 for domestic airfare; $1,000 for international airfare; plus $100 per diem up to 15 days).
- Cap of $5,000 for co-sponsorship of conferences not organized directly by the Center.
- No funding for: travel to conferences, equipment investment, or RAs outside of NYU.
- The Center does not reimburse outlays made prior to the award of a grant.
- All else equal, preference will be given to applications from junior faculty and new applicants. In addition, there is a bias against funding more than one project per applicant per cycle.
- Applicants who have received previous Center grants should include documentation describing the current status (e.g. published output and expenditures) of their earlier project(s).
These guidelines are not intended to be comprehensive and are subject to change. They did help to distinguish successful applications in recent academic years. In this period, all grants exceeding $10,000 reflected (at least in part) data acquisition or fieldwork travel. Most grants were smaller in size.
Reflecting the Center's limited resources, successful applicants should expect that grants will meet only part of their request.
Acceptance of a Center research grant indicates agreement to the following conditions:
- The details of the grant will be announced on the Center's website.
- Any working papers or other research product of the project will be submitted in a timely way to the Center for posting on its website.
- Evidence (e.g. receipts) of how the funds have been spent will be submitted to the Center as soon as possible, but no later than six months following the grant (unless otherwise specified).
- Within six months (unless otherwise specified), the grantee will submit a brief research note (e.g. several paragraphs) that documents research progress for posting on the Center website.
- Any data purchased or created with Center grant funds will be made available to all Stern faculty and Ph.D. students, subject to vendor restrictions.