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Call for Proposals: Research Projects on Civic Engagement & Political Participation

Published September 8, 2022

Call for Proposals for Civic Engagement and Political Participation Research

The Institute of Politics in FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is seeking proposals from FSU faculty and graduate students for research on civic engagement and political participation. Funding for projects with budgets of up to $20,000 will be available for research proposals; graduate students may receive the funding as principal investigator but must work with a faculty member on the project. The deadline for proposals is October 16, 2022.

The Institute was established by the 2020 Florida legislature to create and promote research on politics, public service, and citizen involvement and to motivate university students to become aware of the significance of government and civic engagement.

The IOP is interested in funding research proposals in the areas of civic engagement, political participation, and public service, broadly defined. We welcome proposals addressing access to government institutions and processes (at all levels), participation in the community and in democratic institutions, and community and political awareness. Researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Funding up to $20,000 will be available for research proposals; graduate students may receive the funding as principal investigator but must work with a faculty member on the project. We are especially interested in projects that are underway and can be completed by Spring 2023. Half of the funding will be available to the researcher when the project is approved. The remaining will be provided when the final products are submitted to the IOP. The expectation is the final research products will be submitted by June 2023. The funding may be used for summer salary, equipment or data purchases or other necessary aspects to facilitate the research, or travel.

The research proposal should include a brief discussion of the importance of the problem, the research question, relevant research literature, how research questions will be answered, a research design including statistical approach, expected findings, a project budget, and a timeline for project completion. The proposals should be 6-8 pages in length. A CV for the Principal Investigator and others participating in the research should also be included (but not counted in the 6-8 pages). Graduate student applicants should clearly indicate their role in the research project relative to their faculty advisors.

The expected products are as follows: A two or three-page technical report written for a general audience for the IOP website; a one-page public facing document summarizing your project and outcomes for the College blog; a tweet length summary of the project as well as a three to four sentence summary of the project for Facebook and Instagram; and one or two news-ready quotes highlighting the importance of your research.

Awardees are expected to present their research at an IOP event and to serve on the Institute of Politics Civic Engagement and Political Participation Research Grant Program Committee in the future. If you have applied for and received an IOP grant in the past, you are not eligible to apply again for two calendar years following the submission of your final research products.

New ideas, bold thinking and meaningful implications are welcomed.

Proposals should be submitted by Oct. 16th to Deana Rohlinger at Please direct any questions to Professor Rohlinger as well.