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February 2, 2017

Applications sought for UCSUR grants

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) is seeking applicants for the annual Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards.

Two awards of up to $10,000 each for pilot research in the social, behavioral and policy sciences will be presented. The Manners award is interested in supporting work related to focus areas of UCSUR programs or research conducted at UCSUR.

The awards honor Manners, who worked at UCSUR for 26 years and was assistant director at the time of his death in 2000.

Proposals will be judged on scientific merit; background and experience of investigator; adequacy of resources and environment; appropriateness of budget; likelihood that pilot work will lead to external peer-reviewed funding; and relevance to UCSUR focus areas. Full-time faculty or researchers from all Pitt campuses are eligible.

A one-page letter of intent describing the proposed project is due Feb. 28.

After review, applicants selected to submit full proposals will be notified within two weeks; final applications are due May 5. Awards will be made by June 23. Start dates for awards can be any time after July 3.

To submit letters of intent and applications in person or by mail, send four copies to Anna Aivaliotis, 3343 Forbes Ave., Room 211; to submit electronically, email Aivaliotis at

Questions about the awards should be directed to Donald Musa,

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