The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, 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 center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include 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.)

To learn more about the types of projects funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and in past Annual Reports.

Faculty who receive awards will be expected to be an active member of the Mershon Center. Grant recipients should 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (614) 292-9843, to discuss any questions or ideas about potential project proposals. Proposals recommended for funding will receive informal notice in March or early April with formal notice coming later after final approval by the Mershon Center Oversight Committee.

Application Instructions

Faculty grant applications must include four parts:

  • 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 how your project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge.  
  • Curriculum vitae for each principal investigator.

Download the 2019-20 Faculty Research and Seed Grant application form.  It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word file. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file. Then send all application materials 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

Please note that as of 2019 research grant funds will no longer cover speaker series and conferences, which will be judged in a separate competition.

The deadline for receiving Faculty Research and Seed Grant applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019.