Attention: Maxwell Faculty
Take the Moynihan Challenge

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the creation of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, we are launching the Moynihan Challenge which we hope to make an annual event. As part of the challenge, we seek proposals from Maxwell faculty for projects examining existing or emerging challenges to citizenship and governance in an age of instability and change—the 2014 theme for the Moynihan Challenge.

In particular, we seek to fund projects that identify the ways that citizens, states, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and other non-state actors can help or are helping to overcome novel threats to the well-being of communities across the world. Proposals can focus on any topic of interest so long as it is transnational in scope, that is, it crosses borders or boundaries and is of interest to citizens, policymakers, and researchers in more than one entity. Preference will be given to projects that (1) involve a group rather than individual researchers, (2) examine the challenge from multidisciplinary perspectives, and (3) show promise to evolve into an ongoing project that can garner external funding and long-term institutional support from the Moynihan Institute.

We anticipate making two awards in 2014 for up to $10,000 each. These funds can be used to support a variety of program expenditures including support for workshops, graduate students, travel, and data acquisition. Funds, however, cannot be used to augment faculty salaries or otherwise pay for faculty time.

In return the project teams that are selected are expected to produce a product around the challenge to be presented at the Moynihan Challenge Symposium in February 2015. This product can come in a variety of forms including research papers, topical panel or roundtable, external research proposal, policy briefs, simulation, survey, experiment, program evaluation, scholarly consortium or network, etc. Products will be given online visibility during and following the symposium.

Application Process
The application process is online. The online application form is available at:  

Deadline for applications is Monday, January 27, 2014. Applications consist of a listing of the project team with department and contact information, a description of the intended project not to exceed 1,500 words, a brief discussion of the product to be part of the Symposium in 2015 in no more than 300 words, a budget and budget narrative, description of any other support being received for the proposed project, and 2 page CVs for those planning to participate in the project. Questions should be directed to Bruce Dayton at Proposals will be read by a committee of faculty not involved in the proposed projects. Awards will be announced around February 17, 2014.


Proposal. Create your proposal as a pdf document according to the instructions listed below and upload it to the online application.

Part 1.
Project Team Information. Please indicate the names, departmental affiliations, and email addresses for the persons who will be participating on the project team with the leadership of the team listed first as PI or co-PIs.

Part 2.
Project Description—Describe the project for which you are seeking funding. Your proposal text must be no longer than 1,500 words. Briefly describe the focus of your project and indicate its relevance to the Moynihan Challenge theme, locate your work and potential contributions in the most relevant scholarship, and outline how you propose to carry out your project. One page of references may accompany this description and not count toward the 1,500 words.

Product for Symposium—Indicate your team’s current thinking about the product you will contribute to the Moynihan Challenge Symposium in 2015. Do this in 300 words or less.

Budget—Provide a detailed budget and budget narrative. Categories may include stipends for graduate students, travel expenses, survey design and administration, data/software purchases, workshop expenses, etc. Equipment is not eligible for inclusion in the budget nor are funds to augment faculty salaries or otherwise pay for faculty time.

Other Support—Provide details on other support that your group has received for this project, if any. If you have no other support, say so explicitly. Also indicate any other proposals you currently have under consideration to support this project.

Part 3.

CVs—2-page “NSF-style” Curriculum Vitae for each of the members of the team.