Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grants for Research on Violence
The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.
Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
Applicants for a research grant may be citizens of any country. While almost all recipients of our research grant possess a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, there are no formal degree requirements for the grant. The grant, however, may not be used to support research undertaken as part of the requirements for a graduate degree. Applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although most are college or university professors.
The Research Grant
Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. Applications for larger amounts and longer durations must be very strongly justified. The foundation awards research grants to individuals (or a few principal investigators at most) for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. Individuals who receive research grants may be subject to taxation on the funds awarded.
In general, a salary is only justified if paid work will be given up to free up time for the specific research project proposed to us. In these cases, we need to know the applicant’s base salary, the duties she is expected to fulfill, what she will give up in duties and salary to conduct the research proposed, and how that relates to the salary requested from us.
Here are some general guidelines to follow when asking for salary support:
- We generally do not fund projects that require an investigator’s full-time effort, except in cases of extended fieldwork, archival research, sustained writing projects, or other intensive work.
- We will consider requests for supplementation to a sabbatical half-salary, up to what we allow.
- Requests for 2%, 5%, or even 10% of a researcher’s time appear to add nothing to the active scholarly engagement available for a project, especially when these requests come from university professors whose salaries already cover time for research.
- As most university professors are expected to conduct research during the time they do not teach, summer salaries are not a priority for the foundation and will be considered only with an adequate explanation for why the project cannot be conducted without such compensation.
- Request either salary or a per diem allowance during fieldwork, but not both.
- Applicants without a salaried job should request a salary commensurate with local rates for someone with comparable qualifications.
Since the foundation prefers to make contributions exclusively to the direct costs of research, we commonly fund the costs of fieldwork, including travel, living expenses, local research assistance, insurance, transcription costs, necessary software/equipment, visa fees, gifts/remuneration for informants or survey participants, and other relevant expenditures. As with any other requests, these items should be thoughtfully justified:
- Requests for airfare/travel expenses should be accompanied, if possible, by documentation of the average price for economy class tickets.
- When requesting funds for vehicle rental/local transportation, please give an approximation of how much these services will cost per day.
- Per diem living expenses should represent an honest estimate of the costs of the research proposed.
Multiple Principal Investigators
If the proposal involves collaboration of two or more principal investigators, a single member of the research team, the one filling out the application, becomes the primary contact. He or she will serve as the chief correspondent regarding the application’s completeness and notification of the foundation’s decision on the proposal.
Individual vs. Institutional Applications
The foundation has no preference as to whether the applicant submits the proposal as an individual or has the host institution submit it and administer it on the applicant's behalf through an office of sponsored research or equivalent.