Small Grants in Behavioral Economics

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

Projects must contribute to the Foundation's mission to improve the social and living conditions in the United States. Priority will be given to experiments that connect with topics of interest under our other core programs and special initiatives.

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 grants.

To apply:

  1. Visit our online application portal, create an account, and start a new "BE Small Grant" 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 Grants Program in Behavioral Economics; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


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