Small Research Grants for Undergraduates

Special funding of up to $1800 is available to sponsor and support undergraduate research in Decision Sciences at Ohio State. Any Ohio State faculty advisor can apply for such funds on behalf of an undergraduate.

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 student wages. Faculty salary support is not allowed, nor are expenses that are incurred before the funding of the research proposal.


Any Ohio State faculty member(s) with an undergraduate student conducting relevant research. Usually, the undergraduate student would write their own proposal with the relevant faculty member(s). The faculty member would then submit the proposal. 

Application deadline

None. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis. The Decision Sciences Collaborative Steering Committee will promptly decide on the funding.

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 the undergraduate student present) their research proposal and/or results at one of the Spring Decision Sciences Research Forums. The faculty member or undergraduate 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. Also indicate when the undergraduate(s) involved in the research will receive their undergraduate degree from OSU.
  • On a separate fourth page, proposals should also include a one-page detailed budget. If the budget for your proposed project is greater than $1,800, 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 (