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Grants Program

DRRC Research Grants - Fall 2018 Cycle

The Dispute Resolution Research Center (DRRC) at the Kellogg School of Management https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/research/drrc.aspx) 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's grants program. If you are a Northwestern University faculty member, Ph.D. student  or Post-Doctoral Fellow and wish to be put on our mailing list for grant proposal forms, please email your request to stephanie-dixon@kellogg.northwestern.edu

FALL 2018 DUE DATE: November 2, 2018

Who can apply: Principal investigators MUST be affiliated with Northwestern University as a full-time faculty member, a graduate student or a Post-Doctoral Fellow during the grant period. Co-investigators do not need to be affiliated with Northwestern University.

Guidelines: The Dispute Resolution Research Center 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 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.

Criteria for awarding grants:

  • Academic merit
  • Originality
  • Importance
  • Interdisciplinary nature
  • Academic-practice mix
  • Clarity


  • Likelihood of yielding publishable material
  • Appropriateness for DRRC working paper series 
  • Likelihood of generating outside funding
  • Likelihood of investigators making a contribution to the DRRC’s 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:

  • Books
  • Summer support
  • Subsistence funding
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