CARTSS has been supporting faculty and graduate student research in the social sciences for 13 years. Our funding sponsors a Faculty award and a Graduate Student award in both the Fall and the Spring semesters. Our criteria for both awards is generally the following: we are seeking to sponsor projects that are new and may lead to important social science findings. We are also interested in funding projects that have not yet been funded and/or that may lead to more long-term projects that would seek external funding. 

The CARTSS Steering Committee welcomes involving the participation of graduate and/or undergraduate students in collaborative research roles, although this is not a prerequisite.


We have 2 types of awards: Faculty Awards and Graduate Student Awards.  Proposals may also include a Supplemental Grant Request. 

The Faculty Awards program is a competitive grant program to support research activities of tenure-track faculty in social science departments. We are particularly interested in projects that are new and innovative and expand or diverge from current research.  We welcome involving the participation of graduate and/or undergraduate students in collaborative research roles, although this is not a prerequisite. Grant requests may be for up to $4,000.00.

The Graduate Student Awards program provides a small amount of start-up funds for research activities for graduate students.  Applicants have completed all course requirements, passed qualifying exams, and are at the proposal preparation or research stage. We are particularly interested in supporting pilot projects designed to increase the chances of securing external funding support as well as field research, data acquisition, travel, and other research costs essential to successful completion of research required for MA or PhD degrees. Grant requests may be for up to $1,000.00.

Proposals can include a request for an additional $500.00 supplemental grant to incorporate undergraduate students(s) as a member(s) of their research team. Researchers should add to their proposal how they would employ an undergraduate(s) in their research. The budget should include appropriate line items. The funds may be used for hourly pay, travel, or other relevant research activities by the undergraduate.