Research Grants & Awards


DRRC has longstanding partnerships with the International Academy of Conflict Management (IACM) and the Academy of Management (AOM), two organizations that convene faculty, Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellows to share their knowledge and research.

2023 DRRC Pedagogy Competition

The Dispute Resolution Research Center is thrilled to announce the first DRRC Pedagogy Competition! The Competition’s purpose is to solicit new submissions for the DRRC materials library that address important topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Applicants should submit proposals to create new exercises, cases, simulations, and other educational materials related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within conflict and collaboration settings. The DRRC will select up to five winners, and the expected award ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. Proposals will be accepted until October 1, 2023.

Award and application information can be found here

2021 DRRC Sponsored Awards

The DRRC sponsors the International Association for Conflict Management Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award recognizes dissertations that significantly advance the study of conflict management and negotiation. The 2021 recipient was Hemant Kakkar (Duke University) for his dissertation titled, "The Role of Dominance and Prestige-based Status in Navigating Social Hierarchies."

The DRRC also sponsors two awards within the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management (AOM): the Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper Award and the Best Student Paper Award. The recipients of the 2021 Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper Award were Jessica Jae Won Paek (Duke University) and Hemant Kakkar for their paper, "Helping as a Means to Empower or Create Reliance". The recipient of the 2021 Best Student Paper Award was Samuel Skowronek (University of Pennsylvania) for his paper, "The Canonical Deception Paradigms do not Measure Deception".

Past Awards

At the 2019 International Association of Conflict Management’s (IACM) annual conference in Dublin, Ireland, the DRRC sponsored the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award (completed in 2017 or 2018) was given to Yeonjeong Kim for her article, Special Elections Amendment Forecasting Unethical Behavior Using the Hidden Information Distribution and Evaluation (HIDE) Model. The DRRC also sponsored an IACM pre-conference consortium for Ph.D. students and junior faculty. The goal of this consortium was to connect Ph.D. students and faculty with each other and mid-career and senior scholars. The three-hour consortium consisted of two roundtable sessions. The first session focused on connecting scholars with similar research interests and the second session focused on answering questions about navigating careers (how to write a dissertation, get a job, manage the R&R process, develop mentor relationships). The consortium ended with a panel of senior scholars who answered questions about research and career strategies.

The DRRC also sponsored the Academy of Management Conflict Management Division's awards at their 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The winner of the Best Student Paper award was Ian Wang for her article, "The Lagged Effects of Customer Mistreatment on Service Failure and Sabotage." The winner of the Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper award was David Maurico Munguia Gomez and Emma Levine for their paper, “Preference Reversals in Equivalent Choices between Individuals and Policies that Affect Individuals.”

Apply for a Grant

Download the grant cover sheet and review the requirements to begin the process.

Northwestern Grants Program

DRRC pursues its research mission in part through its research-funding program that is available to Northwestern faculty and students

Below are the guidelines for the DRRC Grant Program. If you are a Northwestern University faculty member, Ph.D. student or postdoctoral fellow and wish to be put on our mailing list for grant proposal forms, please email your request to

DRRC Research Grants are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Who Can Apply

Principal investigators MUST be affiliated with Northwestern University as a full-time faculty member, a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow during the grant period. Co-investigators do not need to be affiliated with Northwestern University.


DRRC funds empirical research on conflict, broadly construed.  We will consider application that examine inter group and intra group processes related to conflict and collaboration.  We are open to a variety of methods: experimental, field, modeling, etc. The grants committee looks for several features in a proposal:

  • A clear and concise research question and how answering this research question will contribute to understanding conflict
  • An outline of the hypotheses and what conflict theory has helped guide this particular research question. In the proposal, the logic and theory need to suggest that the hypotheses are reasonable
  • A statement about the proposed source of data and how your proposed data will be manipulated, measured or assessed


  • Likelihood of yielding publishable material
  • Likelihood of generating outside funding
  • Likelihood of investigators contributing to DRRC’s activities


Funding is expected to range from $1,000 - $5,000. On average, we provide $2,500 per awarded grant.

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 to present research that was funded by DRRC)

What will not receive support:

  • Books
  • Summer support
  • Subsistence funding

Grant Application Procedures

Please submit your application via email to

The contents of your application should include:

  • Grant Cover Sheet(PDF)
  • Proposal (five-page limit) describing the research and justifying the request for funds. In the proposal, please include:
    • A budget, including funding priorities, if appropriate
    • A statement of current or applied-for support
  • An acknowledgement of support, a brief paragraph written by a faculty co-author or advisor, is required from all graduate student and postdoctoral fellow applicants
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages) outlining the qualifications of the grant applicant to carry out the research

Referee procedure:

After at least two reviewers evaluate each proposal, the grant committee meets to finalize the decision. Applicants receive a decision letter with substantive feedback soon after the committee has met (usually within 14 days of the submission date).

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DRRC pursues its mission in part through its research-funding program