American Sociological Association

ASA Footnotes

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July/August 2016

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline

Application Deadline: December 15

The ASA invites submissions for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. FAD is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation with matching monies from ASA. The goal of this award is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives that will advance the discipline. FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money” for innovative research that provides opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broadens the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provides leverage for acquisition of additional research funds.

Proposals are reviewed for scientific merit and the importance of the proposed research project or a conference for sociology as a discipline. Specific evaluation criteria include:

  • Innovativeness and promise of the research idea;
  • Originality and significance of research goals;
  • The potential of the study as a building block in the development of future research;
  • Appropriateness and significance of the research hypothesis;
  • Feasibility and adequacy of project design; and
  • Plans for dissemination of results; and
  • Principal investigators (PI) and co-PI(s) must have a PhD or equivalent. Awards shall not exceed $8,000. Awardees must agree to meet the reporting requirements of the award and must be ASA members when they receive the award. Proposals must be submitted online at

Contact: For more information, see the “Funding” page at For questions, contact The ASA Research and Development Department at or call (202) 383-9005. For examples, see this issue of Footnotes.