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Collaborative Research Grants

The institute offers grants for faculty seminars, workshops, and conferences designed to network Georgetown centers and programs and bring faculty together with scholars and policy experts outside the university to advance research projects on topics related to one or more of the institute's themes: governance and the rule of law, economic growth and innovation, social and cultural inclusion, and the environment and sustainability.

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Eligibility

All full-time Georgetown faculty, across ranks and disciplines, are eligible to apply.

Scope

In the case of new projects, these convenings should culminate in a white paper and a proposal for external funding and/or the presentation of findings to a wider public. In the case of existing projects, the convenings should lead to one or more peer-reviewed and/or policy-relevant publications (and proposals should indicate the sources and levels of funding to date.) The grants (up to $25,000) will fund activities to be carried out by December 2022. Each activity must envision participation from at least one scholar or policy expert from Latin America.

Timing

Proposals will be considered by a faculty committee in October 2021. Applications for the fall 2021 cycle are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021, for proposals to be carried out by December 2022.

Another grant cycle is envisioned for spring 2022.

Application Process

Applications should include a GU faculty contact, 250-500 word project description (rationale, proposed activities, expected outputs), on-campus institutional partners (to support the execution of any convenings), and line-item budget for travel, catering, honoraria, and research assistance. In the case of funding requested for existing projects, the application should include a summary of project funding and impact to date.

Application materials must be sent to americas@georgetown.edu by Friday, September 24, 2021.

Decision Criteria

The committee will evaluate proposals with attention to the academic merits of the overall project, the envisioned contribution of the meeting(s), the soundness of the budget, and the availability of funds. Preference will be given to proposals that connect faculty across Georgetown centers and programs, involve students as research assistants, address contemporary challenges facing the Americas, and raise Georgetown's research profile among a broader public.

Notification and Execution

The decisions of the faculty selection committee will be communicated by Friday, October 15, 2021. The funds will then be transferred to the faculty contact's home department to administer according to the approved budget. Upon completion of the funded activities, the faculty contact will provide a 150-250 word summary for the institute website.

Questions about the grants program should be directed to americas@georgetown.edu.