Manners Award


MANNERS1In memory of Steven Manners, who served as Assistant Director of the Center for many years, we are pleased to announce the 15th 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.

Activities Supported

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:

  • Applications that collect data on smart phones or other mobile devices including integration of survey data, location tracking, qualitative video or audio data, and/or physiological monitoring data for real-time ecological momentary assessment (EMA) studies.
  • Utilization of the PNCIS data system supported by the Urban and Regional Analysis Program.
  • The use of survey data collected by UCSUR, such as the Survey on Quality of Life (QoL) in the region collected in 2011; the 2013 Pittsburgh Regional Environmental Survey; and the 2014 Survey of Adults 55 and over in Allegheny County regarding aging and related issues.

Linkages between PNCIS geographically based data and the surveys are also encouraged. Additional information including information about PNCIS, the QoL Survey, the Environmental Survey, and the Survey of Adults 55 and over can be found on our website.

Evaluation Criteria for Research 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.

Manners Award, 16th Annual


Manners Award, 17th Annual

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