Request for Proposals
** Note: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar invites proposals from scholars and researchers interested in conducting original research on the topic of “The State and Innovation in the Persian Gulf.”
CIRS will award research grants to support fieldwork, original empirical research, and analysis on this topic. Click here to view background information.
CIRS seeks to stimulate the collection of reliable data and the production of sound analysis on the subject of The State and Innovation in the Persian Gulf. Priority will be given to projects that propose original, empirically-grounded research involving fieldwork on related topics. Award recipients are expected to become active participants in the CIRS research initiative on the issue. This may include travel to Doha for working group meetings, public talks, or authorship of a chapter for an edited volume.
Duration of Award
The awards can last up to a maximum of one year.
Proposals will be awarded up to a maximum of US $10,000, based on the proposed nature of the research and the budget submitted.
Submission of Proposals
Please send proposals via email. Completed proposal packets must be submitted by February 15, 2013. Proposals submitted after that date will not be considered.
Proposal packets must include the following items:
- Complete Project Description
- Detailed Budget and Narrative Budget Justification
- Project Timeline
- Two Sample Publications
- Curriculum Vitae of Principal Investigator and other Co-Investigators
The proposal abstract must be a maximum of 250 words. The abstract must include project context (the original thesis of the project, its significance, contribution to existing knowledge in Middle Eastern countries, what the proposed project contributes to current literature on the topic), project description, methodology, and objectives.
Complete Project Description
The complete project description must be a maximum of 10 pages, double-spaced, in font no smaller than 11 point. The project description should elaborate on the overall purpose of the research, the specific questions the research proposes to answer, the research methodology to be employed, anticipated project benefits and outcomes, and the schedule of the proposed research. CIRS is unlikely to fund research that does not propose original, empirically grounded research involving fieldwork.
Detailed Budget and Narrative Budget Justification
The submitted proposal should contain a detailed budget and narrative budget justification of anticipated expenses involved in the research. Typical items in the budget include, but are not limited to, travel, per diem, printing and production, and supplies and materials. CIRS will not fund indirect costs. Click here to view Sample Budget and Sample Budget Justification.
A timeline for the intended research undertaking must be included, with a calendar breakdown of specific milestones.
Frequently Asked Questions
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For proposals involving human subjects research, certification of the Principal Investigator (PI) in Human Subjects Research Training, if available, should be included as part of the proposal submission. If awarded, the Principal Investigator must submit proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. If the PI has not completed human subjects training at the time of proposal submission, he or she must provide written verification of completion of Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training to the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar prior to the issuance of a grant.