The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grant 2018, USA
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG)

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grant 2018, USA


The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation was established by Harry Guggenheim to support research on violence, aggression, and dominance.

The foundation writes: "He was convinced that soli

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Guidelines for Submitting Applications for

Research Grants

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. 

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. As discussed below, individuals who receive research grants may be subject to taxation on the funds awarded.


New applications must be submitted by August 1 (midnight, EST) for a decision in December. Final decisions are made by the Board of Directors at its meeting in December. Applicants will be informed promptly by email as well as letter of the Board's decision. Grants ordinarily commence on January 1 but later starting dates may be requested if the nature of the research makes this appropriate. 


HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects. However, a grantee may choose to have these funds administered through her institution for reasons of convenience and/or necessity. If the grantee so directs, the grant will be administered and accounted for by the institution on behalf of the grantee in accordance with the budget prepared by the grantee and included with the application (subject to revisions approved by the foundation). Please see the section below entitled “Individual vs. Institutional Applications” for detailed instructions. Regardless of whether the grant funds are paid to the grantee directly or paid to an institution on behalf of the grantee, the grantee may be liable for taxes on funds awarded, depending on locality, tax status, timing, nature of the award, etc. Applicants should consult their own tax advisors to determine the tax consequences to them of receiving a research grant.

Education and Citizenship

Applicants for a research grant may be citizens of any country. While almost all recipients of 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 or doctoral program. Applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although most are college or university professors. 


Since the foundation prefers to make contributions exclusively to the direct costs of research, the program commonly funds 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. If an applicant is not familiar with the average living expenses where she will be working, she might consult with regional experts. The U.S. Department of State web site provides per diem rates by country, and the web site of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) provides per diem rates by U.S. city. (These figures should be taken as guiding rather than binding.) 

Research Assistance and Secretarial Help

The program supports research projects conducted by individuals, or a few principal investigators at most, with student assistance or fieldwork help when necessary, for specific tasks appropriate to assistants. If students are substantial collaborators on the project, it is expected to review each one's c.v. and list of publications, as with other professional collaborators. Student assistants must be paid only for the work they do, and at reasonable rates for junior researchers. The program does not contribute to tuition or other university fees related to their status as students. Please do not try to hide tuition costs under the category of "benefits." Fees for "consultants" are generally not allowed. If the principal investigator cannot do the work without substantial expert advice, then we consider that she may not be the right person for the project. It is appropriate to ask for secretarial help if a research project entails clerical tasks that are specific to that project. If so, describe that work and include a c.v. for the person to be employed. General office support, calculated as a percentage of a secretary's regular salary, is not an allowable budget item.

Equipment and Supplies

Ask only for equipment and supplies needed for this research project. While not all requests are as clearly fictional as the recent application with a budget line of $1,000 for "pens, pencils, etc.,"  do not consider general office supplies to be essential to a research project. Nor do they want to supply funds for a personal computer or any other equipment unless it is necessary to the project and unavailable otherwise. These restrictions exist in order to maximize the number of projects that can be supported.


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