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1. How can Seed Grants and Development Grants be used? Heading link

The purpose of the Seed Grant Program is to provide social science faculty with small grants to support the creation of preliminary evidence for external grant proposals. The Seed Grant Program can provide up to $5,000 to support small-scale pilot research; secondary data analysis; systematic literature reviews; or other small, self-contained research projects. Examples of expenditures might include a graduate or undergraduate hourly appointment, data access costs, software purchases, research participant incentives, or online sample fees.

The purpose of the Development Grant Program is to support faculty who are planning and writing external grant proposals either: (a) as sole-investigators, or, (b) in multi-investigator collaborations. The Development Grant Program can provide up to $2,500 to sole-investigators and up to $5,000 to multi-investigator collaborations to work with grant-writing companies and developmental editors to develop viable external grant applications. Larger grants may be made where warranted (e.g., for first-time NSF CAREER submissions; for very large collaborative projects).

2. Who is eligible to apply for internal RFAs? Heading link

Tenure system faculty (at either the assistant, associate, or full professor level) with more than 0% appointment in one of the social science departments in LAS (Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Criminology, Law & Justice, and Psychology) are eligible to apply. Social scientists in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Asian Studies, Black Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies are also welcome to apply.

3. Can the grant development fund (or seed grants) be used to support finishing writing a book or article? How can I get support for working with a developmental editor as I write a book or article? Heading link

We encourage faculty to apply to the UIC Faculty Scholarship Support Program to support working with a developmental editor on writing a book or article.  The Appendix to the Grant Development Fund RFA lists some potential editors as does a companion list of Additional Editors and Coaches; a summarized list can found here. Please email if you need any help preparing an FSSP application or choosing an editor/coach.

4. Why is the meeting with the CSSR chair required for GDF applications? Heading link

The purpose of this meeting is to help applicants understand the process of grant development consulting, and to help match applicants with the most fitting coaches to develop successful external applications. The purpose of the meeting with the CSSR chair is not to pre-screen internal applications but to facilitate the best possible internal application before it goes to the committee for consideration.

If you are involved in ongoing research in the social sciences, and would like that research to be featured on the LAS-CSSR website, please fill out the form (below) so that your work can be included.

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