Faculty Research Grants

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*Applications for the 2022-23 grants are due Sunday, March 13 at 5 p.m. EST *


The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to international, national, and human security.  The center’s understanding of security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Therefore, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived. The Mershon Center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative research.


Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals including a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

Faculty who receive awards will be expected actively participate in the Mershon Center and its activities. Grant recipients will be encouraged to participate in various center functions throughout the academic year and are welcome to request office space. They will be responsible for submitting a close-out report on project publications and other accomplishments, including submissions of external funding applications, and assistance with publicity related to Mershon projects by providing photos or other graphic materials.

Interested faculty should contact Christopher Gelpi, director of the Mershon Center and chair of peace studies, at gelpi.10@osu.edu or 614-292-1631, to discuss any questions or ideas about potential project proposals. Any questions about budgets or expenditures can be directed to Kyle McCray at mccray.44@osu.edu or 614-292-3810.

Grant Selection

Applications are reviewed and selected by the programming and research leaders of the Mershon Center.

Application Instructions

Download the Faculty Research Grant application form below. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file and submit all application materials as email attachments to mershon.faculty@osu.edu with the documents titled with your last name and document type; for example, smithvita.doc or smithproposal.doc

Specific grant instructions, deadlines and criteria will be listed in the form below.