The Strategy Research Foundation (SRF) of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) announces its 2020 Research in Strategic Management (RSM) Program. The RSM grant program aims to support research on a revolving set of themes central to the field of strategic management.
The theme for the first two program cycles (due October 2019 and October 2020) addresses the question, “How do managers shape strategic choices and actions?” All applications must articulate how the proposed research contributes to answering this thematic question. Submissions drawing on a variety of theoretical perspectives to address specific research questions are welcome, providing the contribution to strategic management theory and practice is evident.
Target Applicant: A full-time faculty member or post-doctoral researcher affiliated with a university, who is a current member of the Strategic Management Society.
Funding & Key Terms: Grants of up to US$25,000, to support direct research expenses such as data collection and research assistance. No institutional overhead will be paid.
All proposals must identify a Principal Investigator (PI). The PI, who leads the research effort and to whom the grant is awarded, must be a full-time faculty member or post-doctoral researcher affiliated with a university and a member of the Strategic Management Society at the time of submission and throughout the grant period. A proposal may include Co-Investigators (CIs).
At any time, a single individual is permitted to serve as a PI or CI on only one proposal across all SRF programs (DRG, RiO, or RSM). Individuals named in a previously funded SRF proposal may not participate in a new proposal until expiration of the prior award. Individuals named on a proposal must disclose any prior SRF award and demonstrate that the project in the current proposal is distinct from their previously funded research.
All SRF grants aim to support research that has not been undertaken. Thus, completed work is not eligible for funding.
Proposals (in English) are to be submitted by the PI on the SRF website at srf.strategicmanagement.net, where additional information on the submission process is available. Submissions should contain the following in a single PDF file:
a) Cover sheet with the following information:
b) Research Proposal of up to ten (10) single-spaced pages, with the following structure:
c) CVs for the PI and CI(s)
d) Disclosure of any personal or business relationship between researchers and organizations providing data, field access, or other assistance that could potentially create a conflict of interest
e) A description of any non-disclosure agreements governing the research, including discussion of restrictions on publishing outcomes
f) A letter from the Dean’s Office of the PI’s primary academic institution confirming support for the funding application and acknowledging any institutional financial resources being provided to the project
g) Disclosure of any relationship with SRF Co-Chairs or the RSM Program Director, which may create the perception of a conflict of interest: potential conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to, advising, co-authoring, or consulting relationships
The SRF plans to award RSM grants of up to $25,000 each during the 2020 funding cycle. Recipients will be named SRF Scholars.
Financial support will cover direct research expenses for data collection, student research assistance, and other activities that enable the conduct of the research project. Examples of ineligible expenses include conference travel and registration fees, compensation for PI or CI time, teaching buyouts, purchases of software or equipment, and university overhead. Determination of eligible and ineligible expenses rests with the SRF.
For proposals accepted for funding, the SRF will prepare an agreement to be executed by the PI detailing the responsibilities of both the PI and the SRF. Monies awarded will be available for a 2-year period beginning January 1, 2021. Funds will be disbursed as expenses are incurred. Reimbursement is not permitted for expenses incurred prior to the grant period.
The SRF requires regular progress reports as well as a final report on the project. The PI will submit a progress report at the completion of the first year of the grant, and a final report within 3 months of the end of the grant. The final report will include an executive summary of the research findings and documentation of expenses incurred.
Grant recipients will retain copyright to all materials prepared in connection with the funded project. However, it is expected that the SRF will be granted an irrevocable, royalty-free license in perpetuity to use such materials for non-commercial purposes furthering the mission of the SRF. The SRF will omit the identity of the PI in its use of those materials if non-disclosure agreements prevent its inclusion in publications. The SRF requires that any publication of the resulting research in articles or other forms includes an acknowledgement that the research was funded in part by the SRF of the Strategic Management Society.
The SRF website will open for submissions in August 2020, and the submission deadline is October 1, 2020. Notification of RSM grants awarded will be made by January 1, 2021. Submissions will be reviewed using the following criteria:
Please send any questions about the Research in Strategic Management Program by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.