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Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research
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Navigating the SPA Proposal Process

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The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research at American University School of Public Affairs (SPA) specializes in helping faculty members navigate the proposal process. We offer hands-on expertise in conceptualizing, drafting, and coordinating the process between you and the SPA administration.

Are you interested in applying for research funding? Start by clicking the link below to help visualize the process, from three weeks out to final submission.

See the Proposal Process

Funding Trends

WIPAR Funding Trends

There are a series of recurring themes that make up the funding trends for 2015. Topics such as youth recidivism, health disparities, sexual assault, and youth radicalization are becoming increasingly salient to funders. These topics represent a marked shift from funding sources in 2014. How will these trends and others affect your grant proposals?

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The COMPETES Act

WIPAR Competes Act 2015

While the National Science Foundation will see an overall increase in funding this year from the U.S. Government, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences could take a critical hit during 2016 funding cycles. A new funding bill, titled the America COMPETES Act, was introduced after a more than five-hour drafting session in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

While the 2015 version does not explicitly attack the NSF grant-making process, it does include a new policy provision that would require the science foundation to issue a written explanation of how a grant award meets national interest.

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Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy

Flyer for WIPAR event: Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Tuesday, March 29, 2:00 PM with Sheldon Danziger Flyer for WIPAR event: Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Tuesday, March 29, 2:00 PM with Sheldon Danziger

A Lecture by Sheldon Danziger
President, Russell Sage Foundation

Sheldon Danziger, one of the nation's foremost experts on social policy and poverty, joined WIPAR for this special event.

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Grant Deadlines

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