The DRRC has pursued its research mission in part through its research funding program that is available to Northwestern faculty and students, and through compiling and distributing the resulting research papers in the DRRC Working Paper Series. Below are the guidelines for the DRRC's grants program. If you are a Northwestern University faculty member or Ph.D. student and wish to be put on our mailing list for grant proposal forms, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can apply: Principal investigators MUST be affiliated with Northwestern University as full-time faculty or graduate student during the grant period. Co-investigators need not be affiliated with Northwestern University.
Guidelines: DRRC funds empirical research on conflict, broadly construed. We are open to a variety of methods: experimental, field, modeling, etc. The grants committee looks for several things in a proposal:
Clear and concise research question and how answering this research question will contribute to understanding conflict.
Outline the hypotheses and what conflict theory has helped guide this particular research.
State the source of the data and how conflict and other variable data will be manipulated/measured/assessed
In the proposal, the logic and theory need to suggest that the hypotheses are reasonable. Which is just as important as hypothesis disconfirmation (Research that can identify when an effect occurs and when it doesn’t is powerful.
DRRC expects that all fund recipients submit their work as a working paper to the DRRC working paper series. The DRRC does not need progress reports, but we also will not award additional funds for new research until we have received a working paper from prior funded research.
Criteria for awarding grants:
Likelihood of yielding publishable material
Appropriateness for DRRC working paper series.
Likelihood of generating outside funding
Likelihood of investigators making a contribution to Center activities
What is likely to receive support
Funds for paying research participants
Funds for travel necessary for data collection
Remuneration for required support personnel, e.g., transcribers, research assistants etc.
Essential research support (e.g., hardware, software, communications, supplies, travel, funds for conferences)
What will NOT receive support