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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is requesting proposals from Ohio State faculty members for research projects related to international and national security.  Faculty projects may involve research and its related activities, including, among other things, generating and/or acquiring data, making trips to archives, hiring research assistants, conducting laboratory experiments, attending book conferences and gaining released time from teaching.  Junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply.

Although projects can vary greatly in form and substance, they will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee of faculty who will make recommendations to the Mershon Center director.  Past committees have included faculty from departments across campus, including History, Political Science, Moritz College of Law, Sociology, and others.

Currently, the Mershon Center is interested in three main themes:

  • The use of force and diplomacy
  • The ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security
  • The institutions that manage violent conflict

To learn about faculty projects previously funded by the Mershon Center, please see the Research section of this website as well as past issues of the Mershon Center Annual Report. Mershon-supported conferences and speaker series are searchable in the Events section or the Mershon Center community of the Knowledge Bank.

Application Instructions

Faculty grant applications must include:

  • Standard cover sheet that includes 500-word abstract of the project. In one paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international and national security, broadly defined.
  • Itemized budget
  • Four- to five-page single-spaced statement elaborating the purpose, method, anticipated products, and significance of the project. Please articulate which of the Mershon Center's main themes, listed above, your proposal seeks to address. 
  • Curriculum vitae for each principal investigator.

The 2018-19 Faculty Research and Seed Grant application form can be found here.  It will download as a PDF file.

All application materials should be sent as email attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please identify each electronic document with your last name and document type; for example, smithvita.doc or smithproposal.doc

The deadline for receiving faculty grant applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Evaluation of Applications

The criteria for evaluating faculty grant applications are:

  • The academic quality of the project
  • The likelihood of generating additional external funds
  • The likelihood of resulting products that make an impact in academic and policy circles
  • The application to one or more of the Mershon Center’s three main research themes.

We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development initiatives globally, in addition to projects that strengthen Ohio State's Global Gateways in Brazil, China and India. We will also consider projects that are related to campus area studies centers and research institutes, or a project that addresses one or more of the university's Discovery Themes, which include health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.

Interested faculty should contact Chris Gelpi, Director, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss any questions or ideas about potential project proposals. 

Faculty Grant Awards

Faculty who receive awards will be expected to become an active member of the Mershon Center. Grant recipients should expect to house their projects at the center, or at a minimum attend various center functions throughout the year.

Proposals recommended for funding will receive informal notice by March or early April. Formal notice will come later, pending approval by the Mershon Center Oversight Committee. Funds will be available for a full academic year.