Behavioral Economics Grants Available

The Russell Sage Foundation is offering grants to young investigators working on behavioral economics projects.

In 2009, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation started a working group to advance behavioral economic research on consumer financial decision-making. The purpose of the Working Group on Behavioral Economics and Consumer Finance is to explore ways in which the regulation of consumer finance can be informed by behavioral research. As an extension of the work done by members of the working group, the Russell Sage and Sloan Foundations have decided to establish a small grants program to support young investigators interested in undertaking research on the financial decisions posed to consumers by increasingly complex retail financial products.

The proposed research must address a topic in consumer finance using the theory and/or methods of behavioral economics. There is a $7,500 lifetime limit for these small grants. There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator and interdisciplinary efforts are welcome. Appropriate projects will demonstrate explicit use of behavioral concepts in the motivation of the research design and the preparation of the results.

Application Process and Deadlines
Applications can be submitted directly through the “BE Small Grants” online application portal. There is no deadline for the Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics and Consumer Finance; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

All applicants must be nominated by a member of the Working Group on Behavioral Economics and Consumer Finance, and the letter of nomination must be included in the application as the letter of recommendation.

Submit your online application.

Learn more about eligibility and guidelines.

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