Pre-proposal guidelines and criteria for assessment

The Effects of Race: Guidelines for preparation of pre-proposals:

  1. Please prepare your pre-proposal using the form you can download here.
  2. Complete all fields at the top of the pre-proposal form.
  3. Question 1:  Please provide a clear, descriptive title.
  4. Question 2:  Please state briefly your motivation/inspiration for wanting to undertake the proposed project, vision for the scope and nature of the project, and main goals.
  5. Question 3:  Please describe briefly and in plain language the innovative and imaginative aspects of your project, and how you see your results contributing toward “enhanced understanding and suggestions of solutions to the continuation race thinking and racism and antagonism to fellow human beings.”
  6. Question 4:  Please describe succinctly the nature and approximate duration of the activities you plan to undertake during the up-to-three-year tenure of your proposed project. Such activities may include the design and pilot deployment of a survey or educational curriculum, studies of archival materials, development of innovative educational outreach projects, development of social media-based or cell-phone-app-based survey or educational instruments, or development of multiplayer social games. A review of existing literature on a topic may be included in proposed activities, but cannot be the sole focus of a project.

In exceptional cases, pre-proposals from scholars or artists without a doctorate will be entertained. Such pre-proposals need to be accompanied by a short covering letter indicating the exceptional qualifications of the applicant to undertake the project.

Review of pre-proposals will begin in early December 2013, and notifications of the results of the review will be sent out on or before 14 February 2014. Full proposals will be by invitation only.

Assessment criteria for pre-proposals:

Pre-proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Academic merit, viz., the importance, innovativeness, and relevance of the proposed project in relation to the goals of the initiative
  • Feasibility of the project, viz., the realistic prospects for achievement of goals relative to the anticipated project time frame and within the logistical restrictions of STIAS support
  • The academic and track record or the applicant, and assessment of the potential of the applicant to complete the project described

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