Research Seed Grants Overview

Applications for the Spring 2018 semester are now closed. Stay tuned for details regarding the Fall 2018 round of grants.


The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Boston Indicators are inviting applications for research seed grants for projects occurring during the Spring 2018 semester. The grants will support graduate students conducting original data-oriented research on the Boston area at the intersection of scholarship and policy. Applications can be submitted by students at any local university.

For the Spring 2018 cycle, we particularly want to invite projects that examine or address questions of inequality and social mobility in greater Boston, though we will accept applications on other themes as well. As always, regardless of topical theme, the program supports two types of projects:

For all funded projects, new data sets and associated documentation will be published through BARI’s Boston Data Portal when the project is completed. Grantees will also work with Boston Indicators to create a new piece of content that communicates research findings to the general public in an accessible way (e.g. an article, a policy brief, a podcast, an online data visualization). All recipients will attend 1-2 gatherings with the program officers and other grantees over the course of the semester. Examples of past projects can be found here.

Applicants may request up to $5,000, which can be used for any project-related expenses, including materials, software, participant recruitment, or student stipend. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment by their home institution to provide matching funds. Projects without matching funds will not be considered.

BARI and Boston Indicators share a strong commitment to diversity. We encourage applications from persons with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.


Applying for the Research Seed Grants

Applications will be accepted at and should include: