faculty research funding

Faculty Research
Submissions for 2020-21 academic year are now closed.
Submissions for 2021-22 will open in Spring 2021.

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) invites applications from Northwestern faculty members for funding to conduct pilot research on sexuality from a social science perspective (broadly construed) throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Requested funding may be of any size up to a maximum of $10,000 per proposal.

Awards will be announced in Spring Quarter, and funding will be available as of September 1st, 2020. Projects must be completed by August 2021.

To apply, please complete the on-line application by February 24, 2020, which requires the following attachments:

  1. Short CV’s for the PI and for each NU faculty co-PI (4 pages maximum per CV). The CV’s should emphasize expertise relevant to the proposal and ability to conduct the proposed research.
  2. In addition to a one-paragraph abstract of your research project, you will need to submit a project proposal (double-spaced and not to exceed three pages). If other funding has been requested or obtained for this project, please provide details. We encourage you to explain how pilot funding would facilitate a future larger project and/or the pursuit of other funding.
  3. An itemized budget that breaks down expenses by category, such as research assistant salary, research assistant benefits, interview transcription, travel, equipment, supplies, mailing costs, etc. (Please obtain and provide precise figures where possible.)
  4. A budget justification (1-2 pages) that explains each item in the proposed budget.

NOTE: The system will not save applications in process. Please prepare all your materials before you begin to upload them, and submit once completed. (PDF files are preferred. Word, Pages, and Excel documents are also acceptable.)

Upon submission, the PI will receive an automated confirmation message to the email you provided. If you do not receive an email confirming its receipt (or have any other technical questions), please send an inquiry to Cassilyn at sexualities@northwestern.edu. Substantive questions may be addressed to SPAN Co-Directors Héctor Carrillo at hector@northwestern.edu and Gregory Ward at gw@northwestern.edu.

Additional information

Any NU faculty member with a continuing or renewable appointment is eligible to apply, including professors of instruction. Co-PIs must also be affiliated with Northwestern. Non-NU personnel may be named on the proposal but cannot serve as Co-PIs.

Although submitters may be from any field, department, or program at NU, proposals must demonstrate an engagement with social science theories or methods. Research topics may address any domain of sexuality studies, but SPAN has a special interest in critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on sexuality and/or sexual orientation in social context (including their implications for health, but a health focus is not required). Proposals will be judged according to the fit with the program, the significance and innovativeness of the proposed research, the clarity of the proposal, the feasibility of the work plan, and the appropriateness of the budget.

With recommendations by the SPAN Co-Directors, final decisions regarding the issuing of pilot funding awards will be made by Vice Provost for Academics and Co-Associate Provost for Faculty Lindsay Chase-Lansdale. Funding may be used for any NU-approved research expense that is directly related to the proposed research, including travel, equipment, interview transcription, and hiring research assistants or research staff. However, please note that NU does not permit the use of internal university funds of this sort for course buyout or summer salary. Faculty members who raise their own salary are limited to requesting 10% of their salary from this source. If a percentage of a staff salary is requested, please indicate the percent of effort that the staff person will devote to the research project.

This funding is intended for faculty-driven research. It is not intended to support doctoral student projects for which the faculty member is the PI in name only. (Please note that SPAN has several other funding mechanisms for graduate students, including summer funding, dissertation fellowships, and funding to present work at conferences.)

Unexpended funds can be carried forward with permission of the SPAN Co-Directors. Recipients of funding must agree to reporting requirements that will be outlined in the award letters.

For information on past funding recipients, click here.

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