NBER - Call for Proposals

November 18, 2021

NBER Call for Small Grant Proposals – Economics of Digitization
Deadline:  January 4, 2022

The NBER, with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, seeks proposals for research grants for projects related to the Economics of Digitization.  Grant requests may be for up to $15,000 each. The grants will support projects that can be carried out during the calendar year 2022.

Proposals may touch on any aspect of the economics of digitization, including but not limited to the causes behind the growth of digital technologies, the consequences from their increasing use, role of copyright in shaping digital economic activity, the economics of privacy and online security, digitization in labor markets, how new models of advertising alter the shape of online activities, and the role of digitization in innovation, entrepreneurship and productivity.

Grant funds can be used for a variety of purchases, including data acquisition and travel related to the research topic, but they cannot be used to provide salary support for the investigator or to cover indirect costs. NBER welcomes proposals from scholars who are not NBER affiliates, who are early in their careers, who are not based in the US, and who are from groups that are under-represented in the economics profession. Preference will be given to junior scholars whose research focuses on digital economics. Grants are awarded to individual investigators from the NBER, which will reimburse expenses as submitted; grants are not awarded to institutions.

Grant applicants should combine into a single .pdf 1) a proposal of not more than three pages, 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) a budget estimate. Submissions must be uploaded by 11.59 pm EST on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 through this link:

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of Jeff Prince (Indiana University) and Catherine Tucker (MIT and NBER). The Economics of Digitization Project is affiliated with the NBER Program on Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.  Please direct any questions regarding this grant program to Denis Healy (dhealy@nber.org).

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