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Request for Proposals from the BU Community
As a collaborative, interdisciplinary unit of Boston University, the Center for Finance, Law & Policy invites members of the BU community to submit proposals for research or other initiatives. Proposals from all of BU’s schools and colleges are welcome.
The Center’s goal is to promote collaboration and to offer a forum to develop interdisciplinary initiatives across the University by encouraging prospective Principal Investigators to work with the Center to refine their ideas, identify complementary sources of funding and/or generate other means of supporting a project. The Center currently collaborates with faculty from a variety of BU’s Schools and Colleges, as well as with leaders in finance, law, policy, financial democracy and related fields.
As part of bringing together diverse perspectives on issues central to our mission, we invite you to submit proposals pursuant to the guidelines below.
Faculty, staff and graduate students in high standing are eligible to apply. However, due to BU policy, faculty on a 12-month appointment and full-time staff are not permitted to receive additional compensation. However, course buyouts, etc., are permitted. The Center is also permitted to cover direct expenses related to a project. Faculty with a 9-month appointment are eligible to receive summer salary.
The application process is intended to be straightforward and simple, requiring the Principal Investigator(s) to briefly describe their proposal. Proposals must include three basic criteria. Each initiative must: (1) adhere to the Center’s core mission; (2) involve interdisciplinary collaboration; and (3) identify potential leveraging opportunities with outside funding resources.
All proposals must be submitted through the online application form below. Proposals should be approximately 2-4 pages in length, and include a breakdown of budget or other requested resources.
For proposals that advance beyond the initial submission and review, the Center will work with the Principal Investigator(s) to refine the proposals before making a final determination of acceptance. Besides providing funding, the Center may participate in the project as a collaborative partner. The kinds of activities supported may include leaves, salary replacement, summer salary, travel, student support, research assistants, data acquisition, event support, etc. Previous proposals were approved for amounts ranging from $5,000 – $50,000. Examples of funded programs include:Remittance Task Force, BU Urban Business Accelerator, and Change, Stability and Grey Zones.
Within the scope of its mission, the CFLP is flexible in the range of projects and activities it can support. Possibilities include but are certainly not limited to:
- Seed projects to explore novel ideas
- Unusual and creative collaborative projects
- Special events, workshops, or symposia exploring promising interdisciplinary approaches to finance, financial regulation or risk management
- Hosting and supporting visitors collaborating with BU researchers
- Financial literacy initiatives and approaches to reach “unbanked” communities
- Housing finance alternatives
- Methods for measuring, monitoring and controlling systemic risk
- Regulatory reform
Students currently enrolled in an advanced degree program (masters, law degree, doctorate, etc.) at Boston University are invited to submit proposals. With regards to the above submission guidelines, students are not required to identify a potential leveraging opportunity with outside funding resources (though you are certainly welcome to do so). However, students are required to identify:
- School or college
- Field of study and degree sought
- Expected graduation year
- Faculty mentor who will advise on and review the project
Due to BU policies, students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week during a semester (the 20 hours limit is calculated by adding all hours worked for all jobs for which a student is compensated at BU).
The next deadline for submissions will be announced shortly.