Call for Quantitative Collaborative Seed Grant Proposals

The Quantitative Collaborative (QC), one of the strategic initiatives being sponsored by the Dean’s Office of Arts and Sciences, represents an opportunity to transform quantitative research and teaching in the social sciences at the University of Virginia and directly to shape public policy at the highest levels. The QC will nurture through its four core thematic areas—Data Analysis/Quantitative Methods, Mathematical Modeling, Experimental Social Science, and Data-Gathering Methodologies—nascent partnerships across the quantitative social sciences in the exploration of new avenues of research and in tackling key issues facing the modern world.

UVA faculty in Arts & Sciences who use quantitative methods to analyze social behavior are invited to apply for QC seed grants. Also invited to apply are faculty members in other units of the University who will apply for the grants as members of a collaborative research team including at least one faculty member from Arts & Sciences. The seed grants are designed to support preliminary research designed to lay the groundwork for an application for external funds. The proposed research should have relevance beyond a single discipline and use quantitative methods to examine substantive or methodological issues in the social sciences. For example, methodologies might include behavioral studies of social interactions, survey methods, econometric models, laboratory and field experiments, game-theoretic modeling, or causal inference with observational data.

Single-faculty proposals have a budget limit of $6,000, and joint proposals may request up to $12,000. Proposals from new faculty are especially welcome, as well as projects that will have broad interdisciplinary interest for social and behavioral scientists. Research expenses can include travel, data acquisition (survey-based, laboratory, field, historical, etc.), graduate research assistance, computer support, etc., but the money cannot be paid as faculty salary. Up to seven awards are anticipated in the present round. Grants will begin in February 2016 and funds must be expended by August 31, 2016; they do not carry over.

Grantees are expected to:

  • attend monthly QC research seminars each semester, if teaching schedules permit;
  • interact with the QC graduate student fellows;
  • submit a one page report on research activities and expenditures by the end of the funding period;
  • participate in QC special events, such as external speakers’ series and research retreats.
  • prepare a proposal to an outside funding agency, to be submitted no later than January 30, 2017;
  • submit a one paragraph report to the QC Director, Daniel W. Gingerich (dwg4c@virginia), describing the outcome of the proposal (funding agency/success/amount of funding if successful) as soon as a decision on the proposal has been made; and
  • acknowledge QC support in any publications that result from the project.

Proposals should consist of:

  1. a narrative (3 pages maximum, 12 point font) addressing:
    1. the nature and significance of the research question;
    2. the quantitative methodology to be used;
    3. interdisciplinary social science aspects of the project;
    4. a target external funding agency and grant deadline;
    5.  the name(s) and department affiliation of a colleague or colleagues who have agreed to read and give feedback on any grant proposals generated 30-45 days prior to submission; and
  2. a brief bibliography.
  3.  a CV (the NSF style short bio is also acceptable); and
  4. a paragraph describing the anticipated expenditures and the budget total.

All parts of the proposal should be combined into a single .pdf file and submitted electronically to Sharon Marsh ( by noon on Monday, 21 December, 2015, with “QC Research Seed Grant” in the subject line. Awards will be announced around mid-January, and funds will be transferred to the recipient’s home department shortly thereafter.