Small Research Grants for Faculty, Postdocs, and Graduate Students

Small grants of up to $3000 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, presentation expenses, conference registration, travel, 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.

The maximum award amount is $3000. It is anticipated that projects will take one year or less.


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 on October 15 and March 15

Submission instructions

Please email a single Word or PDF file to psychology staff at


As a condition of accepting an award, faculty must agree to present (or have a graduate student present) their research at one of the Spring Decision Sciences Research Forums. The faculty member or graduate student also must agree to attend each Decision Sciences Research Forum until such time as the presentation is given. Decision Sciences funding also should be acknowledged in all relevant presentations and papers. Finally, the grantee agrees to respond to all requests about academic products of any grant support received (e.g., peer-reviewed papers, external grants received, etc). All Decision Sciences award funds must be used within 15 months of the award. Decision Sciences award funds involving students should be used before the student graduates, no later than 15 months after the award.

Length and format

  • Proposal text should not exceed three single-spaced pages.
  • Within this limit, please include a one-paragraph summary of the proposal first and then explain the rationale and methods for the proposed research clearly and in a manner that is understandable to Decision Sciences researchers not in your discipline.
  • Successful proposals will link theory and application. Some proposals will focus more on theoretical developments in the decision sciences, but they should nonetheless indicate why the project is important in terms of possible application. Other proposals will focus more on application, but they should be linked with theory to justify generalizability of effects.
  • Within these 3 pages, please also indicate that you agree to the requirements above, the name(s) of the individual(s) who will attend the Decision Sciences Research Forums, and your preferred Spring semester to present.
  • On a separate fourth page, proposals should also include a one-page detailed budget. If the budget for your proposed project is greater than $3,000, be sure to indicate where the additional funds will come from. 


Please contact any member of the Decision Sciences Steering Committee:

Ellen Peters, DSC Director, Department of Psychology (
Jason Coronel, Department of Communications (
Paul J. Healy, Department of Economics (
Ian Krajbich, Department of Psychology and Economics (
Stephanie Moulton, Glenn College of Public Affairs (
Rebecca Walker Reczek, Fisher College of Business (
Amanda Robinson, Department of Political Science (