Grant Opportunity: US Dept of Labor Scholars Program

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2016-17 Grant Opportunity: Department of Labor Scholars Program, Deadline March 18, 2016

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO), Avar Consulting is pleased to announce a competition to fund qualified researchers to conduct independent research during 2016-17, culminating in a high-quality research working paper relevant to the Department’s policymaking.

Avar anticipates funding grants in the range of $10,000–$50,000 for projects that would contribute to the Department’s mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers.

The Department encourages proposals from a variety of social science and cognitive disciplines, including economics, public policy, public administration, sociology, or related field. The selection committee also encourages proposals representing a variety of methodologies, quantitative and qualitative alike.

DOL is committed to diversity and seeks a diverse pool of applicants. Please note that the eligibility requirement for this year’s program has been changed, and Ph.D. is not required for this year’s application.

Attached please find the announcement for the 2016-17 DOL Scholars Program. More information is available at http://scholars.avarconsulting.com.

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Accepting Applications for the 2016–17 DOL Scholars Program

Closing March 18, 2016, 5pm (EST)

 

The United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) is excited to announce the 2016–17 DOL Scholars Program. The purpose of the DOL Scholars Program is to promote and expand labor research that directly relates to DOL policies and programs. The program expects to fund researchers, with individual awards ranging from $10,000–$50,000.

Program Requirements: The DOL Scholars will conduct and complete labor-related research between August 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, culminating in one high-quality working paper, and if the paper includes quantitative analysis, one public-use data file (PUF) to be posted on the DOL CEO website by the end of the award period.

Benefits: Participation in the program will provide the DOL Scholar with independent funding to pursue research; an opportunity to present your findings to the DOL community; and the dissemination of your research through the DOL CEO website.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an advanced degree in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Sociology, Social Work, Public Health, or a related field. DOL is committed to diversity and seeks a diverse pool of applicants. The 2015 DOL Scholars are ineligible to apply for 2016–17, but are welcome to apply again in 2017–18.

Application Process: Applicants must submit a technical proposal, a cost proposal, curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation. Application support materials are provided on the program website at http://scholars.avarconsulting.com.

Selection: Grants will be awarded based on a combination of factors, including the strength, rigor, and appropriateness of the proposed methodology; the extent of innovation and creativity in the choice of topic or method; and the potential to inform policy decisions and contribute to scholarly literature. In particular, DOL encourages scholars to explore innovative topics and approaches to labor-relevant research. For areas with a robust knowledge-base, applicants are encouraged to propose advanced inferential techniques to build upon the existing foundation of evidence. For areas with substantial gaps in core knowledge, applicants are encouraged to conduct foundational research, employing tools such as exploratory analyses, theory-building, and problem-identification. The 2016 DOL Scholars Program will include a representative selection of research, from established to preliminary. Lastly, proposals must demonstrate the feasibility of completing the program requirements within the award period.

Priority consideration will be directed to research proposals involving the following areas of interest to the Department’s policymaking:

DOL has contracted with Avar Consulting, Inc. to oversee the 2016–17 DOL Scholars Program. Application materials are available at http://scholars.avarconsulting.com. Complete applications must be received by 5:00pm Eastern, March 18, 2016; late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Decisions are expected the week of May 2, 2016.

For additional information or questions regarding the application process or the program in general,

please contact Avar Consulting at scholars@avarconsulting.com.

 

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