Research Grant Call for Proposals

Proposal Closed

Binghamton University

Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP)

Research Awards


The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) will make annual awards, up to $20,000 per year, [MP1] to serve as seed money to support research designed to advance scholarship and practice in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. The most likely distribution of funds each year will be one (1) award of $10,000 and two (2) awards of $5,000, although smaller awards will be considered.


  • Awards are open to Binghamton University faculty and/or doctoral students, individually or in teams.
  • Acceptable uses of funds: travel expenses (airfare, ground transportation, hotel, per diem), fees (to access archives or datasets, conference or workshop registration), research assistant support.
  • Unacceptable uses of funds: purchase of equipment, course buy-outs, Binghamton University tuition, summer salary
  • PIs and Research Teams may receive awards in successive years if prior awards have demonstrable accomplishments and subsequent proposals add value.

Award criteria. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly include the following:

  • Clear prevention focus (not simply the study of the aftermath of genocide and mass-atrocities);
  • Demonstrated ability to address a gap in the scholarship/understanding;
  • Ability to contribute to theory-building or theory-testing, as well as to inform improved prevention practices;
  • Clear research plan with timeline for completion and identified deliverables;
  • Preference for projects that will lead to deliverables designed for both academic and practitioner audiences;
  • Preference to supporting projects that have the potential to lead to external funding;  
  • Preference for supporting projects that include elements of either field research or archival research;
  • Inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary proposals will be prioritized over projects narrowly defined within a single discipline;
  • Proposals that demonstrate (through letters of support, past accomplishments, research publications or other means) that the investigator has the necessary access to people and documents, language or other skills to accomplish promised tasks, and record of publications to deliver; and
  • Potential to link the inputs of the award to long-term “impact” or measurable outcomes, beyond outputs 

Key dates for first cycle of awards

  • February 2017: Call for Proposals
  • March 30, 2017: Deadline for submission of proposals
  • April 10, 2017: Award decisions announced
  • May 1, 2017 – August 1, 2018: Period of awards
  • August 30, 2018: Summary reports due to GMAP Institute co-directors from award recipients

Required elements of a complete application

  • Description of current gaps in scholarship or assessment of prevention practices and a statement of how the proposed project will address them;
  • Plan of activities, including a detailed timeline;
  • Forms of intended dissemination of results, (which may include conferences, papers, technical reports) and most likely publication outlets; 
  • Letters of support (maximum of three) documenting relevance of project, access to needed data/people/materials and feasibility of project;
  • Plan for seeking external funding, including potential funding sources and timeframe for submission of applications; and
  • Detailed budget to justify amount requested. 

Additional conditions. The PI(s) who receive an I-GMAP research award must:

  • Submit a summary report of activities and accomplishments to the I-GMAP co-directors within 30 days of end of award period;
  • Provide to the co-directors a brief “blog post” style report, preferably with photos, which can be used by Binghamton University social media outlets before the end of the award period;
  • Work with Communications and Marketing staff to present the research findings in a format of interest to The Conversation or other media outlets supported by Binghamton University wherever possible;
  • When and if the research topic coincides with a I-GMAP annual conference theme the PI(s) will participate in the conference; [MP2] 
  • Speak to at least one class within the I-GMAP UG minor/grad certificate/master’s program in the year of and/or following the award;
  • Cite the research grant from the I-GMAP as a source of funding in all publications that result from the research; and
  • Provide to the I-GMAP co-directors electronic copies and/or full citations of all academic publications, professional reports and media coverage resulting from the research supported by the grant.

Applications should be submitted as an email attachment to Max Pensky ( and must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017. Questions about the I-GMAP or the research grants program may be directed to either or both of the co-directors: Max Pensky ( and Nadia Rubaii (

Funding Projects for 2017-18