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CISAC launches seed grant program for security research


CISAC fellow Rebecca Slayton and former science fellow Sonja Schmid.
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Rod Searcey

Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) has established the Security Research Seed Grant Program, which is designed to provide small grants for early-stage, security-related doctoral research at Stanford.

The program offers grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each year in an effort to engage a broader pool of doctoral students in CISAC activities and to foster interdisciplinary connections across engineering, humanities and the sciences and social sciences.

Eligibility: Stanford University doctoral students in any department or field conducting research relevant to one of CISAC’s six core research areas is eligible:

• Nuclear Security and Risk

• Cybersecurity

• Biosecurity and Global Health

• Terrorism, Insurgency, and Homeland Security

• Governance, Organizations, and Security

• Migration and Transnational Flows

Proposals should clearly state the research question to be addressed, the methods to be used, and the policy relevance of the project. CISAC will award of total of $10,000 each year to individual researchers as well as research teams. Awards may cover a range of expenses, including (but not limited to):

• Travel for field studies, archival research

• Undergraduate research assistance

• Experimental or survey design costs

• Books and other research materials

Requirements: Winners must write a short report on the use of grant funds and present their work at a CISAC workshop or reading group within a year of receiving the grant.

Applications: Send a short project proposal of no more than 1,000 words, a budget and CV(s) to Shelby Speer ( by Sept. 15. Grants will be awarded by Nov. 1 for the 2014-2015 academic year.