Sponsored research projects are funded by external (Federal and Non-Federal) funding sources as well as funding support available from internal sources at the Department of Economics.

Funding Opportunities

Economics researchers have been successful in obtaining support from a variety of funding sources, with many examples listed here. Please search these sponsors, and any others, to identify open and available funding opportunities. 

Internal Sources

Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative

The Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB) aims to drive transformative insights about the psychological, social, economic, political, and biological mechanisms that influence human behavior – and then translate that knowledge into cost-effective, scalable interventions that improve human well-being around the world.

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German Administrative Data Project

The Research Data Center (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) in the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) facilitates access to micro data on the labor market for non-commercial empirical research. 

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The Lab for Economic Applications and Policy

The Lab for Economic Applications and Policy (LEAP) at Harvard University invites applications for small grants for research projects on applied economics (broadly construed) and policy.

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Opportunity Insights

Based at Harvard University, our team of researchers and policy analysts work together to analyze new data and create a platform for local stakeholders to make more informed decisions.

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Federal Sources

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.

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Social Security Administration

Grants are awarded for innovative research and demonstrations, adding to existing knowledge and improve methods and techniques for managing, administering, and the effectiveness of SSA programs.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Supports research that increases our fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Funds research in science and technology, standards of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology, and selected national issues.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Supports education, training and research aimed at improving health and health care in the United States.

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Funding Process

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Select Funding Source

Your first task is to identify a sponsor or funding source with an open opportunity or available funding announcement.  

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Receive Advising Information and Prepare Your Proposal

Please notify Jason Fleming as soon as you have identified funding you would like to pursue. Each sponsor will have their own unique requirements for submitting a research grant proposal, and Jason will work with you to navigate Sponsor-specific guidelines and proposal application components, as well as applicable University policies. 

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Application Review Process

Please be aware of this policy issued by the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP), which requires the complete and final proposal be received by OSP at least five (5) full business days prior to the sponsor's due date.

All sponsored research proposals are reviewed and approved initially by the department’s Manager for Sponsored Research, secondly, by FAS Research Administration Services, and finally by the University Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP). Final submission will be completed by OSP.