New Grant Opportunities: Submissions Due May 1, 2017

March 6, 2017

The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. We are excited to issue a Call for Proposals for two opportunities, Working Groups and Conferences, with funding up to $15,000 for each project. To learn more about past grants awarded, please see the Projects section of our website. Applications can be submitted at before May 1, 2017.

Working Groups

Because policy topics characteristically span the disciplinary boundaries of the academy, Fels PRI’s Collaborative Working Group Grants will support the formation of faculty working groups that gather a variety of perspectives around a topic. The grants will support working groups designed to stimulate deeper discussion on neglected or emerging areas, develop new research ideas and agendas, and heighten awareness of the policy implications of research. We hope to accelerate exploration and early collaboration and to identify potential projects for further development. These grants, for up to $15,000, can be used to support a series of talks, a series of related workshops, or some other new collaboration made possible with funding.


The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to support conferences that address public policy issues by bringing together Penn faculty and policymakers. In recognition of the critical role conferences play in disseminating and translating research, we will sponsor up to five conferences during the 2017-2018 academic year. Grants of up $15,000 each will be given to organizers of selected conferences and can be used alongside other funding. The Fels Policy Research Initiative works to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. In addition to directly supporting research and faculty working groups, we are supporting conferences to create direct linkages between faculty and those in the position to apply insights from Penn research.


Submission deadline: May 01, 2017

Selection notification: By May 30, 2017

Spending period for the grant: Before May 01, 2018

Questions? Please contact Managing Director, Diana Lind, at