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Request for Proposals: Catalyst Grants for Advancing Transparent, Reproducible, and Ethical Research

Quick Reference

  • Proposed Award Budget: Between $1,000 and $10,00 for projects led by anyone who meets the eligibility criteria
  • Average Award Size: Between $2,000 - $5,000
  • Eligibility: Participants from all past Research Transparency and Reproducibility Trainings (RT2) and existing Catalysts.
  • Submission requirements: Complete this Submittable form by 11:59 pm PT on Sunday, December 3, 2023 (attachments may also be sent via the form).
  • Expected performance period: January 2024 - June 2024
  • Full RFP: Read the full Request for Proposals here.

 The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) invites 2023 RT2 participants and all Catalysts who have participated in a Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) to submit proposals for training or organizing projects. These may include developing and delivering new curriculum, workshops, training materials, or convenings to advance transparency, reproducibility, and ethics capacity in social science research.

A total of $23,000 is available for this call. Awards will be based on quality and expected impact, as well as the diversity of project leads, intended audiences and beneficiaries, and approaches. In light of circumstances related to COVID-19, we expect to make several small awards that will leverage approaches and opportunities to develop or deliver training virtually. In-person activities may be considered when appropriate safety precautions are taken given institutional contexts. We strongly encourage proposals from early career researchers—especially those who have not received a BITSS Catalyst grant in the past. We also encourage submissions that leverage teaching topics introduced at RT2 and use resources developed by BITSS (e.g., the Social Science Prediction Platform, the Social Science Reproduction Platform) and past Catalyst projects, or work to translate these topics for disciplines or sectors underrepresented at RT2.


Scope for Catalyst Projects 

Funding will be primarily directed to projects that advance the teaching, conduct, or publishing of transparent, reproducible, and ethical social science research. These projects will be focused on, but not limited to, one or more social science disciplines, including economics, political science, public health, psychology, and sociology. Project deliverables must be completed by June 30, 2024.

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