November 1, 2014

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Award Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards


Steven Manners In memory of Steven Manners, who served as Assistant Director of the Center for many years, we are pleased to announce the 14th annual development awards program in recognition of his contributions to the Center and the University community.  We will make two awards of up to $10,000 each.  Faculty may apply for Research Development Grants intended to support pilot research in the social, behavioral, and policy sciences.  Special consideration will be given to applications which are related to areas of particular interest to UCSUR or applications utilizing data collected by UCSUR.



Full-time faculty or researchers from all University of Pittsburgh campuses may apply.  The Manners Awards procedures have changed for 2014.  Please read carefully.

Activities Supported

Manners Award Research Development Grants are designed to provide support for carrying out pilot research in the social and behavioral sciences that has the potential of leading to larger externally funded projects of interest to local/national foundations or state/Federal agencies.  All pilot research in the social and behavioral sciences will be considered.  However, the Manners Award is particularly interested in supporting work that is related to focus areas of the UCSUR programs or research conducted at UCSUR.

Examples of UCSUR focus areas are:

Evaluation Criteria for Reserach Development Grants

The following criteria will be used in evaluating proposals: (a) scientific merit; (b) background and experience of investigator; (c) adequacy of resources and environment; (d) appropriateness of budget for the proposed work; (e) strong likelihood that the pilot work will lead to subsequent external peer reviewed funding, and (f) relevance to UCSUR focus areas.

Due Dates and Duration of Award

Letter of Intent.  The Manners Awards is instituting a letter of intent requirement this year.  The goal of this is to allow the screening out of proposals that are not within the scope of the Award.  Applicants are required to submit a one-page letter of intent to describe the proposed project.  The letter of intent is due by February 28, 2014.

Application.  After review, applicants selected to submit a full proposal will be notified within two weeks.  Final applications are due May 1, 2014.  Awards will be made by June 20, 2014.  Start dates for awards can be any time after July 1, 2014.  IRB approval is required in order to access funds for Research Development Grants.  Projects should be completed within a one-year period.  A progress/final report is due at the end of Year 01, and, if needed, an extension request must accompany the Year 01 progress report requesting an additional year to complete the project.

You may submit your letter of intent and application in person, by mail, or electronically.  To submit in person/by mail, include 4 copies addressed to Dr. Richard Schulz, Director, UCSUR, 3343 Forbes Avenue, Room 212, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (campus address: UCSUR, FORBL 212).  To submit electronically, email Anna Aivaliotis at

Please refer all questions to Dr. Donald Musa at

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