The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Guidelines for Submitting Applications for Research Grants
The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.
Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
The Research Grant
Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. Applications for larger amounts and longer durations must be very strongly justified.
The foundation awards research grants to individuals (or a few principal investigators at most) for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. As discussed below, individuals who receive research grants may be subject to taxation on the funds awarded.
New applications must be submitted by August 1, 2015 (midnight, EST) for a decision in December. Final decisions are made by the Board of Directors at its meeting in December. Applicants will be informed promptly by email as well as letter of the Board's decision. Grants ordinarily commence on January 1 but later starting dates may be requested if the nature of the research makes this appropriate.
HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects. However, a grantee may choose to have these funds administered through her institution for reasons of convenience and/or necessity. If the grantee so directs, the grant will be administered and accounted for by the institution on behalf of the grantee in accordance with the budget prepared by the grantee and included with the application (subject to revisions approved by the foundation). Please see the section below entitled “Individual vs. Institutional Applications” for detailed instructions.
Regardless of whether the grant funds are paid to the grantee directly or paid to an institution on behalf of the grantee, the grantee may be liable for taxes on funds awarded, depending on locality, tax status, timing, nature of the award, etc. Applicants should consult their own tax advisors to determine the tax consequences to them of receiving a research grant.
Applications are submitted online. The application link can be found on our web site, hfg.org. The direct address is https://www.grantinterface.com/hfg/Common/LogOn.aspx . (Applications using our older form, a printable PDF and its accompanying guidelines, will still be accepted if they arrive at the foundation’s office by the deadline.) Applicants first create a login account and then may access the online application. The deadline for submission is August 1 (midnight, EST). Late applications will not be considered.
- Project Title
Complete all questions in this section that are applicable to your proposed project. Some questions are required; these are marked with an asterisk (*). If your project has more than one Principal Investigator, you will enter information about the Co-PIs in Section C of the application. Please see "Additional Notes," at the end of these guidelines.
- Abstract and Survey
Enter an abstract by typing or pasting text. (Note the length limit.) The abstract should be an informative but succinct description of the project, including its relevance to aggression and/or violence. The survey questions--about the topics, time period, and geographic region of your project--are for statistical purposes only; this information does not affect our evaluation of the application.
- Co-Principal Investigators
If there more than one Principal Investigators, enter the Co-PIs here.
Please consult "Budget Guidelines," above.
- Budget Justification
Upload a document explaining the need for and planned use of the funds requested for each item in each category of the worksheet completed in D.
Upload a single file containing the curricula vitae and lists of relevant publications for the principal investigator(s) and all professional personnel. Do not exceed two pages for each person.
- Research Plan
Upload a document presenting the specific aims of the project and discuss the background and significance of the proposed work. Describe the methods and procedures of the research and the means by which the results will be analyzed and interpreted. Indicate your familiarity with the relevant scholarly literature and explain how your project will complement or improve upon it. Research plans are typically about 15 double-spaced pages (not including references listed in a bibliography or footnotes).
- Other Support
Describe facilities and resources already available for the proposed research. Also list the title, source, dollar amount, period of time for funding expected or being sought for this project from other sources during the period of the grant requested, and the expected notification dates, including actual or probable publisher's advances. If no other applications have been or will be submitted, please so state.
- Protection of Subjects
Explain what steps will be taken to protect the rights and welfare of any human subjects who might be involved in the research. If non-human animals are to be used in the project, discuss how the animals will be cared for so that they will not suffer unnecessary discomfort, pain, and injury. If this concern is not applicable to the project, please so state.
- Referee Comments
Enter contact information for each of two referees chosen by the applicants based on the referees' relevant expertise and to each of whom a copy of the application has been sent by the applicant. Referees should give us their opinion of the merit of the proposal, the procedures involved, and the applicant’s ability to complete the project successfully. The referees may not be directly involved in the current project. Referees' assessments should be emailed directly from the referee to the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “HFG Referee Letter: [Applicant’s Full Name(s)].” They are due August 15.
- Electronic Signature
Completing this section is equivalent to hand signing your application.
Here we provide some guidance on those items that tend to cause the most confusion. Of course, you should feel free to contact the foundation before submitting a proposal if you have a concern not addressed in these guidelines.
Multiple Principal Investigators
If the proposal involves collaboration of two or more principal investigators, a single member of the research team, the one filling out the application, becomes the primary contact. He or she will serve as the chief correspondent regarding the application’s completeness and notification of the foundation’s decision on the proposal.
When completing Section A, the primary contact should list his/her contact information. Additional PIs should include their contact information in their CVs. Only the primary contact completes Section K. Electronic Signature.
Individual vs. Institutional Applications
We provide a place in Section A to indicate whether you are applying as an individual or through an institution. The foundation has no preference as to whether the applicant submits the proposal as an individual or has the host institution submit it and administer it on the applicant's behalf through an office of sponsored research or equivalent.
If applying as an individual, do not complete the Institutional Contact information within Section A.
If applying as an institutional applicant, please do provide that information. The contact person usually will be a department head, research coordinator, or representative of a university’s office of sponsored research. We will cc the contact on matters of the application’s completeness and to notify of the foundation’s decision on the proposal. If the grant is approved, this person will serve as the administrator of the awarded funds, ensuring that budgets are kept up-to-date and changes in the status of the project are made known to the foundation.
Requests for further information should be directed to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 25 West 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10019, by telephone to (646) 428-0971, by fax to (646) 428-0981, or by email to email@example.com. To discuss an application in detail, call or write our program officers. More information is also available on our web site, hfg.org.