Grants Program

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 

SPRING DUE DATE: April 8, 2016

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.

Criteria for awarding grants:

Academic merit



Interdisciplinary nature

Academic-practice mix


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)

Data tapes

What will NOT receive support


Summer support

Subsistence funding

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