The Baldy Center supports research by UB faculty members in the broad, interdisciplinary arena of law, legal institutions, and social policy. The Center welcomes stand-alone and collaborative proposals, as well as proposals aimed at producing a pilot study or baseline research for external funding proposals. The Baldy Center research grants are available to full-time University at Buffalo faculty members.
The 2021 application period has ended. Our next call for grant proposals is anticipated in Spring 2022. Thank you for your interest.
Research grant proposals are invited for a maximum of $5,000. Funded projects typically range from $2,500 to $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.
Grant recipients are responsible for ensuring that actual expenditures do not exceed the amount awarded and that all expenses and appropriate documentation are submitted by the end of the grant cycle. For 2021 grants, the funds are available for expenditures from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Baldy funded projects must be conceived, designed, and conducted by non-adjunct UB faculty members who will devote significant effort to the project.
Please apply using our online form. If you have problems completing the form or any other general questions relating to eligibility and criteria, please contact The Baldy Center, (716) 645-2102 or BaldyCenter@buffalo.edu.
Fieldwork, archival research, data collection, transcription, subject fees or incentives, data sets, and student research assistants may be supported by The Baldy Center research grants.
• 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.
Research award proposals will be evaluated by The Baldy Center research grant committee according to:
• Significance for interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and 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 The Baldy Center funding.
The Baldy Center research grants are generally expected to lead to publications, and published works should acknowledge The Baldy Center support. Grant recipients agree to provide copies of their Baldy Center supported working papers and other publications to the Center.
Student research assistants must fill out UBF employment paperwork and complete the hiring process at The Baldy Center before beginning work, assuming they conform to all UB student employment policies. The faculty grantee is responsible for monitoring the student research assistant’s work, signing each bi-weekly time sheet as the supervisor, and ensuring that research assistants submit time sheets promptly after work is performed. Student research assistants can be employed only during the time period for which the grant is awarded and will not be paid beyond the limit of the award.
Questions about the guidelines should be directed to The Baldy Center (716) 645-2102.
For Concur-specific questions, please contact your home department administrator.
To apply, please adhere to the application guidelines listed above and submit the on-line application form along with the four required documents that pertain to your proposal.
Funding for grants awarded in any given cycle will be available during that fiscal year (FY) from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 for activities performed during that time.
The proposal form includes the following items:
—Your name, email address, UB departmental affiliation;
—Title of Project;
—New proposal or project renewal;
FOUR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
The application requires four documents to be uploaded as pdfs.
REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 1. — PROJECT DESCRIPTION (3 pages)
With key citations, including:
Expected outcomes and products.
REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 2. — CAREER NARRATIVE AND RESEARCH TRAJECTORY (1 page)
REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 3. — RESEARCH PROJECT BIBLIOGRAPHY (1 page);
REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 4. — BUDGET AND BUDGET DESCRIPTION (1-2 pages)
Each awardee agrees to provide The Baldy Center with a report on the findings and publications/products resulting from the project. This report is due three months after the award period ends, or after the award is expended. Please use the online form to submit your report.
Awardees agree to acknowledge The Baldy Center support in publications and other resulting products and agree to forward pdfs of resulting publications to The Baldy Center.