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Pilot Grants for Faculty, Postdocs, and Graduate Students

Small grants are available to support Decision Sciences research at Ohio State. The goal of these competitive grants is to foster new Decision Sciences research activity and collaboration. Priority will be given to (a) projects that bring together Decision Sciences researchers from different departments or researchers who have not previously collaborated, (b) seed projects that are likely to generate pilot data or theory for external grant proposals, (c) projects that allow for the meaningful involvement of graduate and undergraduate students, and (d) projects by researchers who have not been previously funded under this program.

Examples of allowable research-related expenses include (but are not limited to) compensation of experimental or survey participants, monetary or other incentives in experiments, research materials or equipment, software, data sets, and up to one month of summer support for graduate students. Faculty salary support is not allowed, nor are expenses that are incurred before the funding of the research proposal. Funding for travel is generally not available.

For the March 20, 2023 submission deadline, the maximum award amount is $5,000 for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and/or graduate students collaborating across departments. The maximum award amount remains at $3,000 for all other faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and/or graduate students.


Any Ohio State faculty member(s), post-doctoral fellow, or graduate student. Usually, the post-doc or graduate student would write the proposal in collaboration with the relevant faculty member(s). The faculty member would then submit the proposal. The postdoc or student can submit the proposal directly instead but must copy the faculty advisor.

Application deadlines

Each year around October 15 and March 20. The next deadline is October 16, 2023.

Submission instructions

Applicants must use the template below. Please read the instructions and requirements carefully and answer all questions in full.

Applicants may refer to the example below of a successfully funded grant.


Please contact any member of the Decision Sciences Steering Committee.