Research in the social sciences has undergone significant changes in the past few decades. The complexity of the subject matter, the sophistication of methods and theories, and the demands for expertise and information to launch innovative research are increasing at a rapid pace.
Modern research requires teamwork, specialized expertise, and planning. Its financial demands also require administrative skills and access to major outside funding. Such endeavors are potentially risky as well. Ideas may not pan out, effort becomes dissipated, and funding may be hard to come by. Nascent teams can get distracted and discouraged, and their funds easily depleted, often before a promising project is able to get off the ground. The Center's research faculty in international affairs needs support to think and plan. This is especially true in a project's early—and possibly unstable—stages.
This is a fund for incubation, to help large-scale research projects get off the ground and on their way to securing major outside support.
The Weatherhead Center has earmarked, annually, three awards of $30,000 each to support the development of faculty research proposals that are intended to be submitted to major outside funding agencies or foundations (the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and various private foundations).
Principal investigators must intend to apply for major outside funding to carry out the bulk of the proposed research for an incubation-fund grant from the Weatherhead Center. This plan should be described in the application for incubation funds.
Research must be related to the core interests of the Center, focusing on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues that may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States.
Funds may be requested for the following purposes:
Please direct all requests for substantive advice and all proposals to Steven B. Bloomfield.
The WCFIA Steering Committee evaluates research incubation proposals and makes recommendations to the Center's director and executive director.
Proposals for a research incubation grant must be filed on or before each of three faculty-funding deadlines: October 1, 2012, February 1, 2013, and April 1, 2013.
Faculty who receive these research funds will be expected to contribute actively to the intellectual life of the Center. Faculty who receive support from the Center should acknowledge it in future publications of their research. All grant recipients must submit a one- to two-page memo at the end of the academic year reporting on the use of Weatherhead Center funds. Reporting memos are due on June 30, 2013.