Nonprofit Sector Research Fund

Posted by on August 23, 2002

Nonprofit Sector Research Fund Announces 2002 Grant Competition

Deadline: October 1, 2002

The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a program of the Aspen Institute, was established in 1991 to expand understanding of nonprofit activities through the support of high-quality research. The Fund has announced the availability of grants to support research on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including hospitals, universities, human service agencies, arts organizations, advocacy groups, and
other tax-exempt entities.

The Fund encourages applications from researchers currently engaged in the study of the nonprofit sector, and also from scholars grounded in academic disciplines (e.g., economics, political science, sociology, law, public policy, history, management, etc.) who are new to nonprofit research.

The Fund is currently accepting applications for research support in the following areas: Nonprofits, philanthropy, and public policy, including privatization and contracting issues and studies of the impact of government spending on philanthropy, nonprofits, and the people they serve; and foundations, including studies of foundation leadership, strategies, and impact. Grants in these two fields of interest will be awarded to institutions and individuals. Proposals from university-based researchers, independent scholars, nonprofit practitioners, and other researchers are welcome. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $150,000, depending on the scope of the project. Applications at all funding levels are encouraged. Letters of intent are due October 1, 2002.

Doctoral dissertation research, including studies that examine a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic activities in the U.S. and other countries. At the time of a grant award in February 2003, an applicant must have a university-approved doctoral prospectus or dissertation topic. Full proposals are due October 1, 2002.

Complete application guidelines can be downloaded at the NSRF Web site.

RFP Link: 9881

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