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The CSSH Research Development Initiative

The Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 CSSH Research Development Initiative, which will provide faculty members in the college with seed funding to help them develop proposals for more significant support from external sources. The program began in fall 2012 and has now supported more than three dozen CSSH faculty members

We launched a pilot initiative in spring 2016 where in addition to projects from CSSH faculty, we hope to fund collaborative projects between CSSH faculty member(s) with faculty member(s) from the College of Arts, Media and Design or the School of Law. We hope this provides faculty members from these three Northeastern colleges an opportunity for deeper collaboration and research partnerships.

Please send any questions, especially regarding this new collaboration, to Associate Dean Jack McDevitt.


To support early stage research that will lead to the development of proposals for external support by faculty from the College of Social Science and Humanities sometimes in partnership with faculty from other colleges. This external support may come in a wide variety of forms including grants, fellowships, research contracts, or research partnerships.


All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty from the CSSH are eligible to apply for these awards. Priority will be given to faculty who do not have research accounts of more than $5,000, or major external grants.

Maximum Award

Awards under this program may not exceed $5,000. This includes collaborative proposals.

Allowable Expenses

Under this solicitation, allowable expenses include travel, the purchase of data or software, access fees to archives, and funding for graduate students as research assistants. In rare instances these funds may be used to purchase hardware if the hardware is necessary for the development of the full proposal. Neither faculty salary nor faculty course releases will be supported under this program.

Application Materials

For the fall 2017 cycle, all materials must be submitted electronically no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For the spring 2018 cycle, all materials must be submitted electronically no later than Thursday, March 8, 2018.

* Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST. All prospectuses should be submitted in an electronic format through the CSSH online application system.

Apply now through the CSSH online application system.

The application includes the prospectus and the vitae.


A three to five (double-spaced) page narrative that includes:

Please note: Faculty members who are applying together must demonstrate the unity of the research project and the effort to apply to future funding together.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of CSSH faculty who will make recommendations to the CSSH Dean. The members of this review committee will remain anonymous.


There will be two funding cycles for this program this year. For the fall 2016 cycle, all materials must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, October 19, 2016; notification will be given by November 30, 2016. For the spring 2017 cycle, all materials must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, March 1, 2017; notification will be given after spring break. Successful applicants should plan to begin their projects no sooner than 45 days from the notification decision. Most projects will be funded for six months; all unexpended funds will be returned to the Dean’s Office after 12 months (from date of notification).

Repeat Awards

This program exists to provide one time support to CSSH faculty to help them develop proposals for external support. Therefore, a successful faculty member will generally not be re-funded for the same project from this initiative. Faculty who are not funded in one cycle are eligible to submit an application for funding during the next round. A faculty member who received support under this initiative will be eligible to apply for funding for future projects three years from the conclusion of his or her original project.


Please address any questions about this initiative to Associate Dean Jack McDevitt (j.mcdevitt@northeastern.edu).

Apply Now

Apply now through the CSSH online application system.