PPC Summer Scholar-in-Residence Request for Proposals

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The Public Policy Center is accepting proposals for its Summer Scholar-in-Residence program.

Goal: to provide an opportunity for a scholar or team of scholars (up to three people) to work together at the Public Policy Center on a policy-relevant research project. Preference will be given to projects that align with the PPC’s program areas: Crime and Justice Policy, Environmental Policy, Health Policy, Social and Education Policy, Politics and Policy, Transportation and Vehicle Safety*, and the Iowa Social Science Research Center. Project deliverables could include a grant application, journal article, or other scholarly work.

*Projects that align with the goals of the Transportation and Vehicle Safety program may take place at the National Advanced Driving Simulator.


  1. Spend 2-4 weeks onsite at the PPC during the summer period with times established prior to the program
  2. Produce the deliverable identified in the proposal submission
  3. Give a policy lunch and learn talk at the beginning of the fall semester presenting the results of the activities
  4. Write a blog post, fact sheet, or policy brief describing the work and the policy relevance of the research
  5. Acknowledge the support of the PPC in any presentations or publications resulting from the summer’s activities

Support available:

  1. Office space at the PPC for up to three people
  2. Administrative and IT support including computers, software and other office supplies
  3. Document editing, formatting and graphic design assistance (if appropriate)
  4. Financial summer support for up to three people
    • $3000 per 2-week period
    • $6000 for a 4-week period

To apply, please provide:

Cover Sheet

  • Title of the project
  • Proposed start and end dates of proposed project (any continuous 2- or 4-week period between mid-May and mid-August) when all collaborators will be in residence
  • Name, rank, department, office mailing address, and e-mail address for each participant
  • Short abstract (300 or fewer words)

Narrative (maximum of three pages, single-spaced)

  • What do you propose to do?
  • Why is it important and policy-relevant?
  • What earlier work has been done on the project and related areas by the applicant(s), individually or collaboratively?
  • If proposing a team project, what is the value of the collaboration? Include the value of working together, face-to-face, at the Public Policy Center.
  • What will be achieved by the end of the grant period?
    • How will you disseminate your work—through publication, presentation, other? When do you estimate the project will be completed? Please specify the most likely publisher, journal, or venue and explain.

Curriculum Vitae for each participant (maximum three single-spaced pages)

Submit the application in PDF format to no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.  Decisions will be made by mid- April.