Subaward Program

SPI is pleased to announce our award program to support research involving the application of economic experiments to philanthropy and decision-making. SPI has $650,000 in available funds over the next three years. We encourage applications from faculty, senior research associates, post-doctoral scholars/fellows or doctoral candidates at educational institutions or other research centers both in the US and abroad.

Our subaward program allows SPI to engage, support and mentor researchers in this emerging field, who will in turn contribute to the science of philanthropy, and thereby accomplish one of the important enduring impacts of SPI. The research at SPI would not be as successful without the additional projects that are conducted with funding from the subaward program.

SPI is committed to supporting and mentoring young researchers, including Ph.D students and recent Ph.D graduates. We especially encourage proposals from young researchers, who we hope will choose to study philanthropic giving as their primary area for years to come. Students can apply under the “Ph.D. student dissertation” call to receive faster turn-around and personalized feedback from SPI researchers.

2013 Call for Proposals

The LOI deadline in 2013 is Oct. 31st, 2013.


"Living Lab"

Researchers working with CHECC kids.

At SPI, we have the unique opportunity to work with the ‘Living Lab’ at the Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center (CHECC). CHECC is the home to a series of new and innovative early childhood programs launched by John List and co-authors in Chicago Heights, IL in 2010. The major objectives of the CHECC project are two-fold. First, CHECC aims to discover the optimal series of early childhood interventions that improve the well being of 3-, 4- and 5- year olds and their families and to reduce inequalities in education. Second, CHECC serves as our ‘Living Lab’ and is a participant pool of over 2,000 households.

We welcome proposals for research projects to conduct field experiments investigating all issues of child and parent social preferences and social preference formation within the “walls” of CHECC. SPI researchers propose to collaborate and co-author with the research team, providing expert assistance in modifying experiment instructions for the appropriate age level, obtaining IRB, providing staff to implement and collect data, and working together on data analysis/research write-up.

The ‘Living Lab’ is separate from the subaward call. Research that is not related to pro-social preferences and SPI is also accepted at the ‘Living Lab’, but very limited funding is available for unrelated projects.

"Living Lab" Ongoing call for proposals

Download the CHECC RFP.