Research Support

Within the Division of the Social Sciences, Cate Goebel, Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives, coordinates research development activities. Her team facilitates interdisciplinary research teams and builds organizational partnerships to support the Division's research and priority initiatives. Whether you have your specific aims ready or are just working out the basic idea, the research development team will work with you to develop strategic and funding plans and project proposals. Contact us early in your project development process to take full advantage of these services.

Project Development

  • Identify and coordinate collaborating institutions and researchers
  • Develop proposal outlines, budgets, timelines, project management tools, comprehensive funding strategies, and strategic plans
  • Advise on all aspects of proposal development including clarity, logic, and organization
  • Coordinate internal and external funding strategies with entities across the University


  • Position, edit, and proofread
  • Provide access to sample successful proposals
  • Coordinate proposal reviews and provide feedback to investigators

Visualization and Graphic Design

  • Provide visualization services to enhance research proposals and communications collateral
  • Contracts with graphic and web designers and visual services


Technical and Business Support Services






Departmental Administrators are often your best first approach to running conferences and can connect you to Division and University resources:


If you have funding for a workshop or conference, many of the Centers and Institutes have outstanding staff who will provide staff support for your conference and sometimes have other resources they can use to enhance your work

The Urban Network
  • Contact: Caroline Ouwerkerk 2-5116 CRO[at]
  • Support area: All things Urban-related
Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
  • Contact: Anna Gomberg 2-2059 agomberg[at]
  • Support for: Social Science approaches to Neuroscience
Center for International Social Science Research
  • Contact: Manuel Viedma 4-3852 mviedma[at]
  • Support for: International Research 

Student Research Support


  • Beginning in 2012 with a generous donation from Gfk UserCentric, MAPSS created the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research.  The fund supports student thesis research and ensures our students access to cutting-edge research facilities, technology and support.
    As part of the fund, the Gfk UserCentric User Research Award is given to students each year whose thesis projects involve user research on human interaction with technology. The nature of the interaction is broadly conceived and may involve everything from neurological biases in perception of digital interfaces to cross-cultural differences with respect to material objects. Applications open in the Winter Quarter of every year.



  • Every year the Division of the Social Sciences runs a competition to award Travel Grants of up to $2,000 to ABD students. Awards are made in late spring to be used over the following calendar year for travel related to research. Applications will be available in late winter quarter.

  • Doctoral students should also see our fellowships information for further research funding opportunities.





Funding Opportunities

The Dean's Office maintains a database of Funding Opportunities available for Social Sciences faculty. The list is updated regularly and particularly significant grants are listed as "featured." Foundation Limited Opportunities are managed by central University offices. Faculty planning to take a full year research leave should also see our Fellowship Toolkit for further funding opportunities.

 If you have a specific project you need help funding, we can tailor a list of relevant opportunities and even help prepare application materials. For more information contact June Hou, Senior Associate Director of Research Development, at or (773) 702-5167.


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Workshops and  Trainings

The Dean's office is presenting a new research development lunch series for conversations and information related to research funding. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics including federal and private funding opportunities, proposal writing, and specific funding calls. New faculty and junior faculty are encouraged to attend. All sessions will be from 12:00-1:30pm unless otherwise noted. Lunch will be served. RSVP is required. 


All Sessions

  • October 17, 2017 - Identifying Funding Opportunities: Pivot Database Training
  • November 7, 2017 - Talking with the Media: Strategies for Getting Your Research Reported Accurately
  • November 14, 2017 - Social Sciences Research: Federal Funding Opportunities
  • December 12, 2017 - Proposal Writing Workshop
  • February 20, 2018 - NSF CAREER Award Lunch Discussion
  • March 7, 2018 - NIH: Inside the Review Panel
  • April 3, 2018 - Identifying and Applying for Fellowships    



Template and proposal library

The SSD Research Development team maintains templates and relevant resources to facilitate the grant application process. Please contact June Hou at for samples of successful proposals including letters of inquiry, cover letters, and budgets. 


Available proposal narratives:

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
    DOD Minerva
    Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
    Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
    Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar
    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship
    National Institute of Health (NIH) R03
    National Institute of Health K Award
    National Science Foundation (NSF) Anthropology
    National Science Foundation CAREER
    National Science Foundation Perception, Action, Cognition (PAC)
    National Science Foundation Political Science
    National Science Foundation Sociology
    Russell Sage Foundation
    Smith Richardson Foundation
    Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship

Other Resources




Our highly qualified staff is well-versed in grant administration, as well as the latest University policies, continually training and keeping up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations of the University and of major funding sources. Our goal is to ensure that your grant submissions are complete and on time for the best chance to be funded.


The Local Business Center provides a number of administrative services to help investigators cut through the bureaucracy of applying for and administering a research grant. The LBC also participates on behalf of the social sciences in the development of the University Research Administration policies and procedures.