Call for Proposals

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

The Binghamton University Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) is currently accepting proposals for the 2nd round of annual research awards for projects that will advance scholarship and practice in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. Up to $20,000 is available. The most likely distribution of funds will be one (1) award of $10,000 and two (2) awards of $5,000, although smaller and larger awards will be considered based on the quality of the proposal. In making award decisions, the committee shall consider balancing normative/theoretical and professional/applied orientations, geographic and regional diversity, and disciplinary perspectives.


  • Awards are open to Binghamton University faculty 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, summer salary, or BU tuition

  • 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 which 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

  • Clear plan to leverage the research grant to apply for external funding (check TAE language regarding research grants as seed money)

  • Preference for supporting projects which 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 which 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.

  • Potential to link the inputs of the award to long term “impact” or measurable outcomes, beyond outputs.

    Deadline for submission of proposals: Dec. 1, 2017 Award Decisions Announced: Jan. 1, 2018

    Grant period: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018

    Summary reports due: Jan. 30, 2019

    Required Elements of a Complete Application

    Successful applications will:

  • make explicit reference to each of the award criteria in a detailed justification of the need for the research project and a description of the project’s contributions to both the scholarship and practice of genocide and mass atrocity prevention;

  • include a detailed plan of activities and timeline for gathering, analyzing and disseminating information;

  • identify forms of intended dissemination which encompass both academic and practitioner- oriented outlets;

  • provide letters of support, as appropriate, to demonstrate relevance of project, existing partnerships, access to needed data/people/materials, and feasibility of project (maximum of 3);

  • articulate a plan for seeking external funding, including potential funding sources and timeframe for submission of applications; and

  • present a detailed budget with justifications

    Applicants are encouraged to follow the model of the Rubaii and Appe proposal funded in Year 1 which is available on the I-GMAP website at

    Additional Conditions. The PI(s) who receive a I-GMAP Research Award must:

  • Agree that any funded proposals may be shared publically on the I-GMAP website;

  • Submit a summary report of activities and accomplishments to the GMAP Institute 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 wherever possible;

  • Present research findings at one of the Binghamton University GMAP annual conferences and agree to moderate a panel at said conference;

  • Speak to at least one class within the GMAP UG minor/grad certificate/master's program in the year of and/or following the award;

  • Cite the research crant from the Binghamton University GMAP Initiative as a source of funding in all publications which result from the research; and

  • Provide to the 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, and permit said materials to be posted on the I-GMAP website.

Questions about the Institute or the Research Grants may be directed to either or both of the co-directors: Nadia Rubaii ( and Max Pensky (