Research Grants


Baldy Center Research Grants are available to non-adjunct University at Buffalo faculty members.


The deadline for online submission is April 1, 2019.

Access the online application here.


Laura Wirth, Assistant Director 
511-A O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260

In completing the application form, please follow the guidelines as specified in the application materials.  


I. Overview

The Baldy Center supports research by UB faculty members in the broad, interdisciplinary arena of law, legal institutions, and social policy. The Center welcomes both stand-alone and collaborative proposals, as well as proposals aimed at producing baseline research to help garner external funding.

Research proposals are invited for a maximum of up to $5,000. Funded projects typically average between $2,500 and $3,500. The amount of funding requested should be carefully calibrated to the necessary costs of the research, as proposals will be reviewed in part based on their efficient use of funds.

Funds awarded during this grant cycle are available for expenditure during the fiscal year of the award, June 1 to May 31.

Grantees are responsible for ensuring that actual expenditures do not exceed the amount awarded and that all expenses and appropriate documentation are submitted within the appropriate time frame.

Each awardee agrees to provide the Baldy Center a brief report on the findings and publications resulting from the project, together with single copies of the publications themselves, and to acknowledge Baldy Center support in publications and other fruits of the project.

II. Application Guidelines


Baldy funded projects must be conceived, designed, and conducted by non-adjunct UB faculty members who will devote significant effort to the project.

Application Form

A link to the application form is below. If you have problems completing the form or any other general questions relating to eligibility and criteria, please contact Assistant Director Laura Wirth at or (716) 645-2581.

Activities Supported

• Fieldwork, archival research, data collection, transcription, subject fees or incentives.
• Data sets.
• Student research assistants to work directly on tasks related to the funded research project.
• The application should detail what RAs will do.
• Research assistants are paid $11./hour, typically for 10-15hours/week. When planning your budget, allocate for $12./hour to account for fringe charges.
• Research assistants are normally graduate students enrolled at UB. Proposals to employ others should provide a detailed justification explaining why UB students cannot do the work.
• Limited travel expenses to: conduct fieldwork, gather data, or collaborate with co-authors. These can include airfare or mileage (at approx. $.55 per mile), rental car (if justified) and only 50-percent of lodging expenses while traveling (for a maximum of three months).

Activities NOT Supported

• Conference travel or registration.
• Office supplies and expenses such as postage, telephone, or photocopying; these are assumed to be available from the PI's department.
• Computer software.
• Purely curriculum-oriented projects.
• Purchase of equipment or books.
• Compensation for the principal investigator or collaborators.
• Food or per diem while traveling.

Selection Criteria

As funds are limited, preference will be given to projects according to:
• Significance for interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and/or social policy
• Originality, clarity, and overall scholarly merit
• Concrete plans to use as seed money to pursue outside funding
• Appropriateness of budget
• Likelihood that research will lead to publication, external grant funding, or other important benefits
• Record of publication from past Baldy Center grants
• Evidence of outside funding (or attempts to seek it) to complement Baldy Center funding.


Baldy research grants are generally expected to lead to publications, and published works should acknowledge Baldy Center support. Grant recipients should provide copies of their Baldy-supported working papers and other publications to the Center.

III. Spending and Reimbursement Procedures

General Requirements

• All receipts and invoices submitted must be originals. Reimbursements cannot be made without original receipts.
• State taxes cannot be reimbursed on purchases or hotel bills paid within New York State. A tax-exempt certificate should be presented when paying. Certificates are available at the Baldy Center.
• All receipts, invoices, and reimbursement requests must be dated and submitted before the fiscal year ends on May 31. Please be sure to retain copies of receipts for your records. When reimbursements come in, please be sure to cash the check promptly as there is a significant cost to reissue a check.

Research Travel

• For air travel, flights must be booked by the persons who are traveling and will be reimbursed when travel has been completed and receipts are submitted. Only coach or economy class travel is reimbursable.
• Hotel stays during research travel will be reimbursed at half the rate paid.

Student Research Assistants

Student RAs must sign on at the Baldy Center before beginning work. The faculty grantee is responsible for monitoring the student RA's work, signing each bi-weekly time sheet as the supervisor, and ensuring that RAs submit time sheets promptly after work is performed. RAs can be employed only during the time period for which the grant is awarded.

Questions regarding reimbursement processing, required documentation, and paperwork can be directed to Laura Wirth at: or (716) 645-2581.