Small Awards in Behavioral Economics

The Russell Sage Foundation offers small awards to support high quality research in behavioral economics and to encourage young investigators (Ph.D. students and recent graduates) to enter this developing field.

There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the proposed research may address any topic in behavioral economics. However, projects must contribute to the Foundation's mission to improve the social and living conditions in the U.S. Appropriate projects will demonstrate explicit use of psychological concepts in the motivation of the research design and the preparation of the results. Experimental projects which do not have substantial behavioral content (such as market experiments testing neoclassical ideas) or substantial economic content (such as psychology experiments with no economic choices or strategic or market implications) will not be funded.

There is a $7,500 lifetime limit for these small awards.

To apply:

  1. Visit our on-line application portal, create an account, and start a new "BE Small Award" application;
  2. Submit a proposal (1000 words max.);
  3. Submit a budget;
  4. Submit an up-to-date abbreviated CV (maximum of 5 pages);
  5. Submit a fiscal agent letter;
  6. Submit a letter of recommendation from faculty advisor (doctoral students only);
  7. Submit official transcripts (doctoral students only).

There is no deadline for the Small Awards Program in Behavioral Economics; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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