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Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD)

Amount Note:

Award money may not be used for ASA convention expenses, honoraria, or PI’s salary, which includes buying out of courses. Budgets that include purchases of laptop computers or other hardware will be carefully reviewed. The most frequent use of FAD money is to fund research assistants. Awardees must agree to the reporting requirements of the award.

Eligibility Note:

ASA membership not required to apply but PI must hold ASA membership at time of award.

The American Sociological Association invites submissions for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation, the goal of this program is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds.

Proposals are reviewed for scientific merit and the importance of the proposed research project. Within this context, specific evaluation criteria include the following elements:

  • Innovativeness and promise of the research.
  • The potential of the study as a building block in the development of future research.
  • Appropriateness and significance of the research hypothesis.
  • Feasibility and adequacy of project design.
  • Plans for analysis of data.
  • Plans for dissemination of results.
  • Appropriateness of requested budget.
  • Conference proposals should include a discussion of activities that will lead to networking, new paradigms, and dissemination.

Last Updated On: 2018-02-19

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